• Short Summary

    The Sharpeville massacre in South Africa ten years ago was re-enacted in the heart of London today (Saturday, March 21st) in a commemorative demonstration, only a short distance from the boarded up windows of the South African Embassy.

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    The Sharpeville massacre in South Africa ten years ago was re-enacted in the heart of London today (Saturday, March 21st) in a commemorative demonstration, only a short distance from the boarded up windows of the South African Embassy.

    More than three thousand people gathered in Trafalgar square to watch anti-apartheid demonstrators dressed as Africans and South African police portray the event, in which 69 Africans were shot dead. About twenty men dressed as South African police marched into the Square to face a chanting crowd representing the African demonstrators at Sharpeville. To the recorded sound of gunfire, the "police" opened up with artificial machine-guns, rifles and pistols while the crowd ran wildly-many collapsing on the ground writhing and crying.

    A model of a dead child was carried to the "police" to show them what they had done. The demonstration was part of a three-day remembrance rally organised by the Anti-Apartheid Association and the United Nations Students Association.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2GZBOIN6V8F61XBKB798IB1KV
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GZBOIN6V8F61XBKB798IB1KV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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