• Short Summary

    More than 7,000 people packed the Roman Catholic Regina Mundi church in Soweto on Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of bloody riots in the black township south of Johannesburg.

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    More than 7,000 people packed the Roman Catholic Regina Mundi church in Soweto on Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of bloody riots in the black township south of Johannesburg. The official death toll of the rioting in 1976 was put at about 180... observers at the time said several hundred black youths were killed in Soweto alone - and the riots spread to other cities as well. There is still a ban on public meetings in the black "township" so church services have become as much a political as religious occasion.

    SYNOPSIS: This was one of several services held throughout the country, and, in contrast to previous anniversary services which resulted in violence between blacks and police, there were no police around the church. The congregation was addressed by one of Soweto's most respected leaders, Doctor Nthato Motlana, a former member of the African National Congress.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABHJMKPAUDTXIPXME0Y3GZQQD5
    Media URN:
    VLVABHJMKPAUDTXIPXME0Y3GZQQD5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:15:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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