Demonstrators deploring two South African shooting incidents which cost at least 70 lives clashed with police outside South Africa House, London, England, Mar 23.
GV. South Africa House and demonstrators
CU Demonstrators with leaflets (2 shots)
GV People on steps of St. Martin's Church
SV Nurse Cavell statue
SV Three demonstrators lay wreath at statue
PAN Inscription on statue to wreath
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SV PAN Police round demonstrators squatting on ground
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CU Dr. Jagan talks with police
SV Jagan and companions moved on by police (2 shots)
GV Mounted police in front of South Africa House
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Background: Demonstrators deploring two South African shooting incidents which cost at least 70 lives clashed with police outside South Africa House, London, England, Mar 23.
Among those involved in disturbances was Dr. Cheddi Jagan, British Guiana's Minister of Trade and Industry, in London for constitutional talks. Police denied him - and four other Ministers - passage past South Africa House, and he was bustled across the road. A police superintendent and six policemen escorted him, protesting, to his car. Two members of the British Guiana delegation will be in court, Mar 23. Dr. Jagan said he would complain to the Home Secretary about the way he was "manhandled".
At times protesting crowds numbered 200, including members of the South African Boycott Movement - distributing pamphlets - and London University students. Banners proclaimed "Down with murder". "Down with apartheid" (racial segregation), and "Down with Verwoerd" (South African premier). When the students were turned from South Africa House by police they carried a wreath across Trafalgar Square, and laid it at the foot of Nurse Edith Cavell's statued. (She was the British nurse shot by Germans in World War One).
The London demonstrations - which began Mar 22 - were part of a nation-wide revulsion to the South African shootings. Labour and Liberal leaders in Parliament, the Labour Party National Executive Committee, the Trades Union Congress, and the National Council for Civil Liberties have all condemned South African government policy.