Hundreds of youngsters, mostly students, demonstrated in Accra on Wednesday (21 March) to mark the 13th anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre.
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SV Demonstrators arrive at British High Commission
SCU Demonstrator handing over petition to official of Commission
SV Demonstrators march along street
SV "Pan-Am" sign TILT DOWN TO demonstrators outside building
SV Israeli flag flying at Israeli Embassy
SV Demonstrators outside Israeli Embassy
SV German Embassy sign (Federal Republic of Germany)
SV Police keeping demonstrators away from German Embassy gate (3 shots)
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SV Demonstrators outside American Embassy.
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Background: Hundreds of youngsters, mostly students, demonstrated in Accra on Wednesday (21 March) to mark the 13th anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. In the Massacre 69 Africans were killed when South African police opened fire on a crowd outside a police station.
The demonstrations handed in petitions at several embassies, objecting to the support other nations give to South Africa in various ways -- investment, trade, arms supplies and United Nations voting. They also delivered protest notes to firm dealing with South Africa. The seven movements backing the demonstration also called on churches to withdraw their investments from South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of young Ghanaians marched through the streets of Accra on Wednesday. They were marking the 13th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre, in which 69 Africans were shot dead by South African police. At the British High Commission they handed in a petition which opposed the way Britain and other countries were helping South Africa.
The demonstrators were protesting the investment and trading some countries carried on with South Africa. They also condemned arms shipments and any support given to South Africa at the United Nations.
Israel also came in for criticism. In pamphlets the demonstration stated that Zionism and Racism were similar expressions.
The anniversary protest march was backed by seven organisations, mostly student bodies. The demonstration was aimed mostly at firms and countries friendly to South Africa, but the marchers also called for freedom for the peoples of Rhodesia, Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.