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22 March 2016 - Sharpeville Massacre Remembered

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Sharpeville Massacre: Survivors remember the fateful day in 1960

Reinart Toerien (Eyewitness News, 21/03/2016)

As the country marks Human Rights Day, survivors of the Sharpeville massacre have shared their memories of the historic day.
Fifty-six-years ago, 69 people were killed and hundreds more injured when police opened fire on protesters who were burning their Pass Books at the Sharpeville Police Station.
They were demanding the abolition of Pass Books.

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Human Rights

Sharpeville remembered: 8 things about Human Rights Day every South African should know
Selene Brophy (News24, 21/03/2016)
On 21 March, South Africans officially celebrate Human Rights Day, declared a public holiday in 1994 following the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela.
While it pays tribute to the tragic events of the Sharpeville massacre, it is also a celebration of South Africa’s constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
Human Rights Day is but one of the many bricks in SA's road to democracy. Here are a few things about our complex past that happened on this day, that you might not know...


Call for youth to respect Sharpeville massacre legacy
Sipho Kekana (SABC, 21/03/2016)
The youth of today have no respect for the legacy left by those who died for the freedom that South Africa enjoys today. That is according to Generation of Stars Director, Tebogo Serapelo.
Generation of Stars is a drama group by the Sharpeville Academy of Arts which seeks educate and entertain the youth of Sharpeville.
The youth group captured the attention of the crowds that gathered outside the Sharpeville Memorial site for the Human Rights Days commemorations when they re-enacted the scenes of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when 69 people were indiscriminately fatally shot at when they marched against the apartheid pass laws.

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Marikana shootings

Marikana a repeat of Sharpeville - Maimane
Naledi Shange (Times Live, 21/03/2016)
"We stand here because none of us ever thought that what we saw in Sharpeville would be repeated in Marikana, where the government we thought we democratically elected mowed down our own people," he told party supporters at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sharpeville.
On 16 August 2012, police shot dead 34 striking miners at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, North West.
On 21 March 1960, apartheid police killed 69 people who were protesting against the country’s pass laws outside the Sharpeville police station.
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"22 March 2016 - Sharpeville Massacre Remembered", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2016. Consulté le 22/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/22-march-2016-sharpeville-massacre-remembered