• Short Summary

    White university students in Johannesburg and Cape Town again defied the South African government's ban on public gatherings on Thursday (8 June), but police took no direct action against them.

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    White university students in Johannesburg and Cape Town again defied the South African government's ban on public gatherings on Thursday (8 June), but police took no direct action against them.

    Police used batons and dogs to break up student meetings on Wednesday, as students defied the month-long ban on all public meetings and processions at university centres. The ban was announced on Tuesday following earlier clashes between students and police. The students, last week, had been protesting the education -- or lake of -- for non-whites in South Africa.

    Wednesday's demonstrations were called to protect alleged police brutality in earlier student-police clashes. Students at Johannesburg's Witwatererand University on Wednesday first held indoor meetings, which are not affected by the government ban. Later, however, there was an illegal gathering of students outside. After being warned that they faced serious charges if they did not disperse, police swinging rubber truncheons charged the demonstrators.

    SYNOPSIS: At Johannesburg's Witwaterarand University on Wednesday, students -- thwarted by a government ban on outdoor demonstrations - held an indoor meeting to discuss alleged police brutality.

    The brutality was alleged to have occurred last week and earlier this week during demonstrations in which students were protesting the education -- or lack of -- for non-whites. On Tuesday the government imposed a month-long ban on outdoor demonstrations, but these students decided to test the effectiveness of the order. Police kept close watch on the demonstrators, and then Police Brigadier Schroder gave the order for the demonstrators to disperse.

    When the students refused, a line of about forty-five policemen charged. As they swung out with their thin rubber truncheons, the students broke ranks and ran.

    There were few arrests and on Thursday the students again defied the government ban. But police took no direct action.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9UEJJT1MLQJ5UZBU4VMLW3270
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UEJJT1MLQJ5UZBU4VMLW3270
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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