Several hundred Kenyans marched through the streets of Nairobi on Thursday (21 March) -- the 14th anniversary of the "Sharpeville massacre".
GV Demonstrators marching with band playing
GV & BACK VIEW Marchers withplacards (2)
GV & SV University students (wearing robes) walking and chanting (2)
GV & SV Demonstrators standing and seated with banners (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Demonstrators respond to chant from speaker
MV Speaker from Mozambique. Demonstrators cheer, speaker raises first in Black Power salute.
SV Demonstrators listen to other speaker
SV Speaker shouting at corwd, corwd responds
SCU Dr. Mungai seated listening
SV Crowd singing "We shall overcome." ZOOM INTO SV Crowd singing & CU Dr. Mungai listening and singing (3 shots)
SPEAKER: "Brothers and sisters of Kenya, on behalf of the Mozambiquan people and Frelimo I want to thank you very much for this warm solidarity and to assure you that I will carry your message of solidarity to our people."
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Background: Several hundred Kenyans marched through the streets of Nairobi on Thursday (21 March) -- the 14th anniversary of the "Sharpeville massacre".
The preceding week was marked by demonstrations in memory of the shootings in several countries in Eastern Africa. Sixty nine people were killed by South African security forces on March the 21st, 1960. The event is generally regarded as Africa's "Liberation Week".
In Kenya, the Government spearheaded many of the plans to mark the anniversary. The National Christian Council, of Kenya organised the march through the streets, followed by a number of speeches at Nairobi's City Hall.
Students from Nairobi University -- dressed in their red robes -- joined in the march. Many demonstrators carried placards and chanted slogans expression opposition to the South African Prime Minister Mr. Vorster and his government Speakers at City Hall condemned Mr. Vorster, encouraging similar sentiments from the noisy crowd. One of the more prominent guests at the meeting outside the City Hall was the Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mungai.
A guest speaker from Mozambique claimed to represent the Frelimo movement. He assured the crowd of Mozambique's solidarity with the Kenyan people. A transcription of part of his address appears below.