The African National Congress of South Africa held their annual Freedom Day Rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Monday (26 June).
The African National Congress of South Africa held their annual Freedom Day Rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Monday (26 June). The Congress, dedicated to the abolition of apartheid in South Africa called it a day mourning, of protest, and an occasion for rededication to the cause of black-ruled South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was held at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam and attended by representatives of various African liberation movements. The first Freedom day was held in 1953. This year the rally remembered Steve Biko and other political activists who lost their lives in the past months, in South Africa. Diplomats from the Soviet Union, Cuba, Bulgaria, Korea, and Vietnam attended the rally.
The participants listened to speakers and protest songs. 1978 has been designated by the United Nations as a International Year of Action against Apartheid.
The ANC have been running a "Defiance Campaign" since the early fifties against a white regime they call "racist and authoritarian, a fascist dictatorship that rules through the barrel of a gun". They called for imprisoned members of the military wing of the ANC to be treated according to the Geneva Convention as prisoners of war. Details of the conditions of these prisoners were presented to the rally. Eli Weinberg, Administrative Secretary of the South African Congress of Trade Unions spoke."