• Short Summary

    Thousands of people massed in Trafalgar Square, London, England, Mar 27, for the Labour Party's rally protesting against South Africa's racial policy, and shooting incidents at Sharpeville and Langa, South Africa.

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    Thousands of people massed in Trafalgar Square, London, England, Mar 27, for the Labour Party's rally protesting against South Africa's racial policy, and shooting incidents at Sharpeville and Langa, South Africa. Labour speakers included M.Ps. Barbara Castle, James Griffiths and James Callaghan. Also present was British Guiana's Chief Minister Cheddi Jagan, in London for constitutional talks. A resolution deploring recent massacres and calling on the South African government to abandon its policy of racial segregation was passed; boycott of South African goods was to continue, and money to help defence of detained Africans was collected.

    The two shooting incidents, at Sharpeville in the Transvaal and Langa near Cape Town, occurred Mar 21 when Africans demonstrating against pass Laws converged on police stations. Seventy two were killed and 150 wounded. World-wide indignation followed. A United Nations debate was called for by the Afro-Asian group; The United States regretted the incidents; and demonstrations and protests took place around the world. In South Africa, Prime Minister Verwoerd banned all public meetings, and announced he would seek legislation outlawing two African political organisations - the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress, but he also suspended the hated Pass Laws.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9P72U8G08VTGHKXVNSYH7IL2H
    Media URN:
    VLVA9P72U8G08VTGHKXVNSYH7IL2H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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