INTRODUCTION: In South African a schoolgirl died when she fell under a bus and at least ten people were injured in other incidents on Tuesday (16 June) as violence erupted during black commemorations of the 1976 Soweto riots.
GV Closed schools in Cape Town
SV PULL BACK TO GV Burning garbage in street and crowds of black youths
SCU & SV Policeman looking through binoculars at Lavender Hill suburb of Cape Town (2 shots)
SV Police checking vehicle at roadblock
GV ZOOM OUT Police behind roadblock watching crowds of blacks walking down road
GV Police stamping out burning rubbish in street (2 shots)
GV Police throwing tear gas grenade at crowd of youths
GV Crowds of black workers walking to station in Soweto (2 shots)
GV Black workers climbing aboard train
SV & CU Black people reading newspapers (2 shots)
SV Train pulling out of Soweto station
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In South African a schoolgirl died when she fell under a bus and at least ten people were injured in other incidents on Tuesday (16 June) as violence erupted during black commemorations of the 1976 Soweto riots. The girl died in the Indian Ocean port of Durban when a bus accelerated to escape a stone-throwing crowd. But police spokesmen said the situation across the country was relatively quiet.
SYNOPSIS: In Cape Town pupils at coloured (mixed race) school responded to a call by black activist groups for a two-day boycott of classes. In black and coloured neighbourhoods groups of youths built barricade but caused only minor damages. Throughout the country police were on the alert in anticipation of trouble. Both police and riot troops manned road blocks round Soweto and other black areas but there were few incidents, and by midday most of the roadblocks had been dismantled.
Throughout the day more than 150 buses and several police vehicles were damaged in stone-throwing incidents. But the most serious clashes were in Soweto itself, where police used tear gas and hide whips to disperse crowds.
Black workers in the country's major urban areas largely ignored calls to stay away from work. Early morning trains and buses took thousands of black commuters from Soweto to central Johannesburg. English language newspapers carried editorials urging that the day pass peacefully, and calling on the government to learn the lessons of 1976 and introduce racial reforms quickly. Commemoration of the anniversary is expected to continue for several days and church organisations have decreed a week of mourning.