In South Africa, police on Thursday (1 June) put up roadblocks in a number of black townships and made an unspecified number of arrests.
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Background: In South Africa, police on Thursday (1 June) put up roadblocks in a number of black townships and made an unspecified number of arrests.
SYNOPSIS: This roadblock was in Soweto, the most noted of the black townships, which is near Johannesburg. Other blocks went up at Eldorado Park, Lenasia, Kliptown, and Western Township.
Soweto's inspector of police, Brigadier J.J. Gerber, said the roadblocks were erected by riot police, uniformed officers and detectives, who also patrolled through Soweto.
This police action came the day after political slogans, said to be radical, were painted on walls at two local high schools. The slogans called on blacks to join revolutionary forces in the struggle for power.
Police said political agitators had also set fire to the administration block of Eldorado High School, causing damage estimated at three thousand Rand (340 dollars). The police came out in force after a week of rumours that radical blacks would stage demonstrations on Republic Day.
In recent years, June has been the month for political unrest in Soweto. Police said the scene had remained quiet, and that they did not expect trouble. But they would not state how many people had been arrested.