Waving vivid anti-apartheid banners, 2,000 people marched from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square, London, Mar 27, where many thousands had already gathered for a rally organized by the British Labour Party in protest against South African racial policy.
SV Marchers leave Hyde Park.
CV Banner bearers.
CV PAN .. Banner bearers.
Tracking shot - procession.
GV Crowd in Trafalgar Square - marchers past. South Africa House in background.
GV Banner bearers join crowd.
CU James Griffith .. SOF.."I will ask for .."
GV Crowd applaud.
CU Barbara Castle .. SOF.. "We believe there..
GV Crowd applauds SOF.
GV Crowd with Barbara Castle continuing .. SOF.."That we believe that ..."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 11) Addressing the rally, Labour M.P. Mr James Griffiths said (SOF) "I will ask for all to, resolve here that we in this country will mobilise all the forces of decent men and women to remove all traces of racial discrimination and colour bar that exists still in our midst here in Great Britain."
(SEQUENCE 14) Mrs Barbara Castle later took the stand and said (SOF): "We believe there is only one race, and that is the human race. That is the test and therefore we come today telling our government and all the member governments of the United Nations that if we are progressing as a world organization at all we want at this moment all those who speak on our behalf to make it quite clear that we believe in the value of the individual and in the equal value of the individual."
SEQUENCE 17: After applause, Mrs Castle continued (SOF): " ... that we believe that 10 million Africans of South Africa are better citizens of our multi-racial Commonwealth than white tyrants. Let us humiliate them."
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Background: Waving vivid anti-apartheid banners, 2,000 people marched from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square, London, Mar 27, where many thousands had already gathered for a rally organized by the British Labour Party in protest against South African racial policy.
Orderliness was observed throughout, although some 60 police lined the front of South Africa House - and a convoy of police trucks waited in readiness down a side street. It was only after the meeting was over that a few hundred people surged down Whitehall to encircle a few Fascist Union Movement supporters - shouting "down with Fascism." Police soon controlled this and other scuffles which had broken out.
A resolution, proposed by Mr James Callaghan, deplored the recent "massacre" at Sharpeville, South Africa, when 70 Africans were killed by police, and called upon the South African Government to abandon her 'apartheid' policy - and pledged a continuation of the boycott of South African goods. Just before this resolution the crowd observed a few moments silence in tribute to the dead.