Zambian students broke windows of the French Embassy in Lusaka on Sunday (20 June) in protest against France's proposed sale of nuclear power plants to South Africa.
Zambian students broke windows of the French Embassy in Lusaka on Sunday (20 June) in protest against France's proposed sale of nuclear power plants to South Africa. Police in riot kit chased them from the streets around the Embassy and sealed off the area to prevent further damage.
SYNOPSIS: The students, numbering about 200 were marching to a rally in Lusaka to demonstrate against the racial violence around johannesburg where more than 100 people, mostly blacks, were killed. Their placards and posters reflected their feelings on both the racial violence issued and the proposed French sale of nuclear power plants to South Africa.
Alfred Nzo, General Secretary of the South African Congress, told the rally that more than 100 young hearts have stopped beating because of South African police brutality. He called on independent African sates to arm the blacks in South Africa so that they could avenge the killings of innocent children in Soweto and other townships.
Grey Zulu, Secretary-General of Zambia's ruling party, called on the students to refrain from making any further attacks on the French Embassy. He told them the matter would now be handled by President Kenneth Kaunda who would decide whether to break off diplomatic relations with France. Sharing the platform With Mr. Zulu was Chipasha Chipalo, President of Zambia's students union. Mr. Chipalo said the shooting of school children in South Africa was madness. He also called on the government to seer diplomatic relations with France.