The scene is City Hall, Johannesburg, May 14, and on the steps 25 children - whites and non-whites together - demonstrate for the release of their parents who are being held in prison without trial under South Africa's emergency regulations.
GV.PAN. From City Hall to children with posters on steps.
SV. Children PAN to public.
CU.PAN.From poster "Release our Parents" to children.
CU. Poster "They are inside we want them out".
CU. Small girl with poster "I want my Daddy home".
CU.ZOOM Back from poster to children on steps.
TV. Children are arrested and put into police vans.
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Background: The scene is City Hall, Johannesburg, May 14, and on the steps 25 children - whites and non-whites together - demonstrate for the release of their parents who are being held in prison without trial under South Africa's emergency regulations. The children were carrying placards reading "Give us back our parents", "Please let my daddy come home" and "While they starve we starve" - a reference to the hunger strike recently begun by detainees in an effort to force the authorities either to charge them or to release them.
Three of the elder children went off to present a petition to the Mayor. While they were gone, police took the others - including African, Indian and European children - to the city's central police station, where they were questioned. Afterwards they were released, together with the three who presented the petition 1,700 political detainees in South Africa's prisons - since April 8 - including Africans, Whites, Indians and Coloured - have not yet been charged.