Demonstrators representing anti-apartheid movement gathered in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday (8 May) to protest at the All Black rugby team's planned tour of South Africa.
GV Police on guard outside gates to rugby ground
GV & SV Police watching match in progress (2 shots)
GV & CU Demonstrators outside ground (2 shots)
GV & CU Black Rhodesian Alexis Mwedsi speaking
This film is serviced with an English interview with Mr. Mwedsi. A transcript appears below:
MWEDSI: "At the moment it's really crucial they are aware of the consequences of the All Blacks tour to South Africa. Because, right now, a tour by the All Black of New Zealand to South Africa is actually a setback to all those people who have been trying hard to work out a non-racial time of activity in sport at all levels in South Africa."
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Background: Demonstrators representing anti-apartheid movement gathered in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday (8 May) to protest at the All Black rugby team's planned tour of South Africa.
The demonstration involved about 100 people at Athletic Park, where the trials for a team to play Ireland in an international on 5 June was underway. The trials also gave selectors a chance to see the talent which would be available to tour South Africa.
It's planned that the All Blacks will play a series of game in South Africa, beginning on 30 June. The government's decision to retain sporting contacts with the country has caused world-wide controversy.
It has also threatened some events at this year's Olympic Games in Montreal. The Supreme Council for Sport in Africa has said black African athletes will not compte alongside New Zealanders at Montreal if the tour goes ahead.
A black Rhodesian student living in New Zealand, Alexis Mwedisi, has said it's crucial that the country realists the consequences of the tour. He said it would set back the efforts of those people trying to get non-racial sport in South Africa.