A 72-hour-long "Remember Sharpeville" vigil began at midnight Mar 7/8 outside Lancaster House, London, UK, where the British Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference opens Mar 8.
Anthony Wedgewood Benn and Christopher Mayhew with his "Sharpeville" sash.
Various shots of people taking part; moving off to Lancaster House.
CU of Wedgewood Benn (fair hair) and CU of Africans.
GV Lancaster House, and CU of Christopher Mayhew.
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Background: A 72-hour-long "Remember Sharpeville" vigil began at midnight Mar 7/8 outside Lancaster House, London, UK, where the British Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference opens Mar 8. Six people will be on guard at a time.
It is being organised by the Committee for African Organisations; and was started off by two British Socialist Members of Parliament, Christopher Mayhew and Anthony Wedgewood Benn. The protest is against the apartheid policy of South Africa, and is in memory of the Africans massacred at Sharpeville and Langa.
Forty-three Socialist MP's and one Liberal MP have agreed to take part - all will be wearing black sashes. The "apostle of apartheid" South African Prime Minister Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, spent an hour with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, Mar 7. At their informal meeting, the issue of apartheid was raised. It will be a key topic at the Conference, with the Prime Ministers discussing whether South Africa should remain in the Commonwealth when she becomes a republic.