INTRODUCTION: The Tanzanian Workers Union has held a massive demonstration in Dar es-Salaam, the nation's capital, to protest against South Africa's apartheid policies.
INTRODUCTION: The Tanzanian Workers Union has held a massive demonstration in Dar es-Salaam, the nation's capital, to protest against South Africa's apartheid policies. The rally was also attended by a leading black South African trade unionist, and several refugee schoolchildren who fled from rioting in Johannesburg's black Soweto township last July.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration began with a gathering outside the headquarters of the Youth League of the Tanganyika African National Union. From there, the march through the streets of the city took them to the main rally outside the headquarters of the Workers' Union. Several soldiers joined in the march.
The demonstrators called for world-wide support for the black population of South Africa, especially in the field of trade unionism. Unions are allowed to exist in South Africa, but have no government recognition or rights to bargain with employers on wages and working conditions. Strikes are forbidden by law, and armed police are usually called in when one does take place.
The demonstrators later heard the chairman of the South African Congress of Trade Unions, Mr. Aaron Pemba, say that what was being done in South Africa was no less than that done in Nazi Germany by Adolf Hitler. He called for an international boycott of South Africa -- which, he said, was a threat to the peace of all Africa. By implication, he said, it was also a threat to the peace of the world.
Demonstrators also condemned the killings which took place last year in a black and mixed-race townships across the country. In Soweto, more than 70 blacks -- mostly schoolchildren -- were killed in one city alone. The Soweto riots, which sparked off the months of unrest, began with a protest by schoolchildren against being taught in Afrikaans -- the ruling white language.