An uneasy peace has returned to the black South African township of Parys, about 50 miles (80 kms) southwest of Johannesburg, after two days of clashes between riot police and youths.
GV Damage in the streets of Parys Township ZOOM BACK TO riot police with teargas guns (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Local people sitting in homes TO riot police in street (2 shots)
GV Burnt shops with broken windows and doorways (3 shots)
CU PAN FROM Large rocks TO broken windows and doors
SV PAN FROM Couple walking in street to wrecked store in riot area. ZOOM BACK TO police officer standing guard
TRACKING SHOT Township of Parys as riot police leave (2 shots)
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Background: An uneasy peace has returned to the black South African township of Parys, about 50 miles (80 kms) southwest of Johannesburg, after two days of clashes between riot police and youths. The worst violence occurred on Sunday, July 15, 1984, when police moved in with tear gas to disperse hundreds of youths demonstrating against rising rents and taxes. They were also angry at the recent rise in the general sales tax from 7 to 10 percent which has hit black consumers particularly hard. The crowd threw stones at the police who retaliated with tear gas. Homes were looted and wrecked... and one store belonging to a local black councillor was gutted after being looted. Forty people were arrested and charged with public violence, housebreaking and arson.