There were 86 arrests in Adelaide on Tuesday (30 June) during the second match of the South African rugby team's tour of Australia.
There were 86 arrests in Adelaide on Tuesday (30 June) during the second match of the South African rugby team's tour of Australia. The demonstrators against apartheid in South Africa kept up a constant barrage of noise and smoke bombs while the Springboks beat a state side 43-0. The match stopped several times as police chased demonstrators off the field.
The South African tourists have been followed throughout their stay in Australia by a stream of anti-apartheid demonstrators, chanting outside their hotels at night to prevent them sleeping and disrupting their schedule at every opportunity.
SYNOPSIS: The South African rugby team played the second match of their Australian tour on Tuesday in Adelaide. The match was played to a backdrop of constant noise and disturbance from the anti-apartheid groups that have followed the South Africans since they arrived in Australia. They disrupting the game at every opportunity.
Hundreds of police wee detached around the stadium to keep order. As the game went on, tempers became frayed and in the end 86 people were arrested.
The Springboks were playing a local state side. There was little opposition to their controlled, powerful play from the opposing team, but they had a hard time getting on top of some of the tactics used by the anti-apartheid demonstrators. With the chanting, whistling and jeering, there was a stream of smoke bombs that halted the match several times.
The demonstrators, mainly young people, also ran onto the pitch as often as they could break through the police barriers. They were chased by ground stewards, as well as police, and were carried off. The Springboks won 43-0.
There has been a great deal of opposition in Australia to the South African tour, especially among the labour party and the trade unions. They claim that to welcome the South African rugby players is to condone racism in South Africa. Two well-known anti-apartheid agitators, one from England and one a banned South African clergyman were invited to help organise the demonstrations. The largest demonstration is expected in Melbourne, where the Springboks third match follows shortly after a march by thousands against the Vietnam war.