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.
GV TRAFALGAR SQUARE & DEMONSTRATION.
SV AFRICAN CHANT
SV MUMMERS PLAY ON SOUTH AFRICA, MEN DRESSED IN WHITE CHANTING & SINGING.
LV BANNER "SHARPEVILLE"
SV SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE ENTER
SV DEMONSTRATORS CHANT & FALL DOWN SHOT BY POLICE.
SV INJURED ON GROUND, MAN CARRIED INJURED CHILD TOWARDS POLICE (2 SHOTS)
SV MAN SHOWS CHILD TO POLICE PAN TO POLICE RAISING HANDS TO MARCH OFF PAN TO INJURED ON GROUND
CU PEOPLE WATCH
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Background: 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.