Police made two arrests after scuffles at a mass rally in Trafalgar Square, May 28.?
Police made two arrests after scuffles at a mass rally in Trafalgar Square, May 28. The rally - organized by the Anti-Apartheid Movement - protested against the South African Government's racial policies. It drew a crowd of about 2,000.
At first, hecklers tried to interrupt the speakers. These included Hilda Bernstein ( a former detainee in South Africa), Charles Pannell (a British Socialist Member of Parliament); and Oliver Tambo (of the South Africa United Front). There was some scuffling when members of the extreme right -wing League of Empire Loyalists began agitating the crowd. Police removed a group of hecklers away from the Square.
The rally ended with a demand for official sanctions by British against South Africa. Then Socialist Member of Parliament Fenner Brockway led the deputation to the gates of South Africa House (in the Square). They put a copy of the restriction as a strong body of police held back the crowd. The general strike by African workers -called for May 29 in South Africa - was also supported by the rally.
South Africa leaves the Commonwealth, May 31.