The Dutch Reformed Church in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, refused to admit a small group of Bible-carrying Africans, June 4.
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SV Clergymen outside church
SV PAN.. "Freedom Sitters" arrive at entrance
SV Refused entrance by clergyman
SV "Freedom Sitters"
LV Police arrive
SV Policeman talks with "Freedom Sitter"
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Background: The Dutch Reformed Church in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, refused to admit a small group of Bible-carrying Africans, June 4. They belong to the National Democratic Party, and are campaigning against racial segregation. The "freedom sitters" had tried to attend morning service.
One church elder asked them: "Are you honestly here to worship?" When they pointed to their Bibles, and said "Yes", he smiled and replied: "We do not believe you." The freedom sitters then agreed to leave.
When the Press moved in to take photographs, a few South Africans prevented them doing so. One photographer had his camera knocked from his hand. Police arrived - and both Africans and South Africans were dispersed.
In South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church (of which Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is a member) supports the Government's policy of apartheid.