A rally opposing the resumption of arms sales top South Africa erupted into violence today (Sunday) as police fought with groups of demonstrators outside the South African embassy in Trafalgar Square, London.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: COLLINS: "Everybody thinks the policy for Britain, that is to stop all trade with South Africa, all investments in South Africa, business, until the South African Government changes its policy and the sale of arms is getting worse (indistinguishable).. Britain's self-interest. The point is that we should have peace in the world, and by selling arms to South Africa, we shall ensure a much greater likelihood of a further race war."
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Background: A rally opposing the resumption of arms sales top South Africa erupted into violence today (Sunday) as police fought with groups of demonstrators outside the South African embassy in Trafalgar Square, London.
Several thousand people, representing anti-apartheid groups from all over Britain, took part in the rally and marched along the Thames embankment to Trafalgar Square to hear speeches condemning the proposed arms sales.
The fighting began when police tried to move demonstrators who were blocking nearby traffic. Scuffles also occurred when 200 Maoists tried to join the rally while other demonstrators paraded outside the South African Embassy giving the Nazi salute and chanting "sieg heil". Forty people were arrested during the incidents.
At the end of the rally, leaders of the organisations taking part marched to 10 Downing Street to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Edward Heath calling for a total embargo on the sale of arms to South Africa.
The rally was addressed by several speakers, including Canon L. John Collins, who represented the International Defence and Aid Fund.