In South Africa, more than 50 people have been killed and 250 injured in two days of anti-government riots in the Soweto African township, according to police estimates.
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Despite the violence, the South African Prime Minister, John Vorster, is planning to go ahead with his meeting in West Germany on 23 and 24 June with Henry Kissinger, the United States Secretary of State. Their talks are expected to centre on the overall racial situation in southern Africa.
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Background: In South Africa, more than 50 people have been killed and 250 injured in two days of anti-government riots in the Soweto African township, according to police estimates. The violence broke out yesterday (16 June) during a demonstration by 10,000 black schoolchildren protesting against the compulsory use of Afrikaans as a teaching language.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of armed police were moved into the police were moved into the area after the protest march turned into a riot. Some of the people who died were killed when police opened fire, but others had been knifed or clubbed to death during a night of violence. White-controlled administrative buildings were stoned and set on fire in the township which lies 12 miles (20 kilometres) from Johannesburg. Over 70 buses used to take blacks into the capital were burned out or smashed in the riots during the night.
The violence continued the following morning despite a pre-dawn lull. Black youths attacked anything connected with whites and vehicles were stoned as they passed through Soweto. All schools were closed and police, armed with shotguns, rode on trains from the township to Johannesburg to prevent violence among the passengers.
The youths also tried to storm the white-run Baragwanath Hospital, but thousands of police moved into protect the buildings.
The South African government were said to have been stunned by the sudden explosion of violence after the schoolchildrens' demonstration. Afrikaans is a language derived from 17th century Dutch, spoken by early settlers, and is regarded by most blacks as a symbol of white domination and authority. The Christian Institute and the South African Council of Churches have called for an end of Afrikaans instruction at black schools. They also deplored what they claimed was totally unwarranted action against the students.
Police officials said the estimate of 50 deaths was based on the number of bodies brought to various mortuaries around Johannesburg. But many people believe the present figure could be an underestimate, and it might rise to 100. That would make it the worst episode of violence in the country's history. The worst previous incident was in 1960, when 69 black demonstrators were shot dead at the township of Sharpeville.