• Short Summary

    SHARPEVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA

    The black township of
    Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, exploded into rioting on September 3.

  • Description

    SABC
    1. AV SHARPEVILLE Township, withcrowds running and building burning (2 shots) 0.08
    MIKE GAVSHON
    2. GV Demonstrators building barricades (2 shots) 0.20
    3. TRACKING SHOT Burnt out buildings and cars 0.23
    4. SV/GV Burnt out car and home of deputy mayor (2 shots) 0.32
    5. GV PAN Line of armoured police vehicles on edge of town 0.39
    6. SV/CU Heavily armed police officers preparingfor assault (2 shots) 0.45
    BBC
    7. GV Dusk scenes ofdemonstrators re-building barricades 0.51
    8. SVArmoured police vehicles moving into town and firing tear gas at rioters (4shots) 1.16
    9. GV NIGHT SCENES Burning buildings (4shots) 1.44

    InitialsASG/DG/PM


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SHARPEVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA

    The black township of
    Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, exploded into rioting on September 3. Nine
    people were reported killed, and dozens of others were injured. Sharpeville was
    scene of a massacre condemned worldwide in 1960, when South African police
    killed 69 people by opening fire on crowds protesting restrictions on the
    activities of the black population. The rioting started at dawn, with people
    erecting barricades out of upturned dustbins, trees and cars. Two unidentified
    men were trapped in cars and burnt alive. The town's deputy mayor was apparently
    hacked to death by angry mobs who also burnt his home. The authorities moved in,
    using tear gas, rubber and live bullets against fleeing demonstrators. But at
    dusk, when security forces withdrew, people rebuilt their barricades, causing
    police to move in again. Throughout the evening, police repeatedly intervened,
    but demonstrators returned as soon as they left, setting buildings on fire.

    Businesses owned by people of Indian origin appeared to be the crowds' principal
    target. South Africans of Indian and mixed race (coloured) origin have been
    offered a parliamentary voice by the white South African government. The recent
    move has contributed to an upsurge of discontent among the black majority
    throughout the country.

    Source: REUTERS- MIKE GAVSHON/SABC/BBC

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACI84PDVMLZ0MQVFI169BFAPIT
    Media URN:
    VLVACI84PDVMLZ0MQVFI169BFAPIT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/09/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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