With placards proclaiming "Verwoerd Must Go" and "Smash Apartheid", several hundred demonstrators marched through London, U.
With placards proclaiming "Verwoerd Must Go" and "Smash Apartheid", several hundred demonstrators marched through London, U.K. to join a 3,000-strong rally in Hyde Park - London's authorized "Free Speech" ground - as South African Prime Minister Dr. Verwoerd arrived in London for the forthcoming Commonwealth Prime Ministers' conference.
The marchers included South African Nationalist leaders and many students. Other banners proclaimed "No More Sharpeville" and "End Apartheid of Leave the Commonwealth." The demonstrators originally planned to rally outside Dr. Verwoerd's London hotel but the authorities imposed a ban on demonstration there and surrounded the hotel with 200 police officers.
However, the police allowed a small anti-apartheid deputation to deliver a note to Dr. Verwoerd at the hotel.
At the same time , there was a small counter-demonstration - not a half dozen in strength - by members of the right-wing Union Movement of Great Britain. Their placards read: "Welcome Verwoerd" and "White Men Unite".
Dr. Verwoerd's visit to London - the first in over 30 years - entails some of the strongest security measures ever undertaken for a visiting statesman.