Representatives of Anti-Apartheid movements from all over the world attended a special meeting on Saturday (15 February) in the bad gotesberg Civic Centre near Bonn in West Germany.
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SV Dr. Geisler speaking
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CU AND GV Geisler speaking and delegates applauding (2 shots)
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Background: Representatives of Anti-Apartheid movements from all over the world attended a special meeting on Saturday (15 February) in the bad gotesberg Civic Centre near Bonn in West Germany.
The tribunal was organised by the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Committee for Africa, Asis and Latin america and the Anti-Apartheid movement.
Guests from Britain, Mozambique and Sweden and representatives of international church, youth an cultural groups were among those present.
Apartheid end Colonialism in South Africa were discussed with special emphasis on the relations West Germany has maintained with the Vorster regime.
A joint news release from all the participants accused West Germany of being partly responsible for the repression of the black South Africans.
The statement alleged that South Africa had one of the highest child death rate in the world, that 500,000 black Africans were in prison, and that half of the published death sentences in the world were in South Africa.
It also alleged that, in 1974, West Germany was South Africa's biggest trading partner and that, contrary to the ruling of the Court of Justice in the Hague, the Bonn government and maintained an embassy in South Africa.
Both organising movements claim well in excess of 200 affiliated groups. The tribunal aimed to strengthen solidarity with black South Africans.
Mr. Wolf Geisler, representative of the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Committee for Africa, Asia and Latin America, said that West Germany had enlarged the Apartheid system in many ways. It had spent tax-payers' money on South African Trade fairs, given tax relief to German companies operating there, and sold arms to South Africa.