In South Africa, a wave of protest has broken out over the death of black leader, Steve Biko.
In South Africa, a wave of protest has broken out over the death of black leader, Steve Biko. Mr. Biko, aged 30, died while in detention on Monday night (12 September) after a 7-day hunger strike. He had been arrested last month for allegedly violating a restriction order confirming him to King William's Town. His death has increased demands for a full inquiry into the treatment of detainees as Mr. Biko is the 19th black to die in detention over the past 18 months. He was a founder member of the black South African Students Organisation and the Black People's Convention. The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Andrew Young has compared the impact of his death to that of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. On September 15, more than 1,200 students from the Forte Hare Black University, near King William's Town, were arrested charged with riotous assembly following a campus memorial service. However, Justice Minister James Kruger maintains there will not be an official inquiry.
SYNOPSIS: In London, Mr. Biko's death was almost met with 'profound shock' this time by demonstrators outside South Africa House. They claim he was the latest victim of apartheid and have accused the Vorster Government of murder and torture.
The demonstrators called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and detainees in South Africa. They all asked that all people support the armed struggle for power under the African National Congress.