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    The funeral of the white South African trade union organiser Dr.

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    1. TV LV AND CU Crowds marching through Joburg streets chanting. Posters protesting Aggett's death in detention (4 shots) 0.17
    2. GV SV AND CU INTERIOR Aggett coffin lying in church with congregation seated (4 shots) 0.31
    3. SV Nurses seated in congregation chanting 0.38
    4. \SV EXTERIOR coffin placed into hearse 0.48
    5. GV Crowd surrounds hearse 0.51
    6. CU Parents of dead man 0.56
    7. GV AND LV People watch from windows as cortege passes (2 shots) 1.00
    8. GV People arriving at cemetery 1.02
    9. CU PULL BACK TO SV Parents seated at graveside as supporters chant.Coffin lowered into ground. (3 shots) 1.23
    10. CU Parents showing signs of strain as coffin disappears (3 shots) 1.30
    11. SV Parents leave graveside as crowds chant "He was not a terrorist, he was a hero, Vorster is a terrorist" 1.46
    12. GV INTERIOR Crowd at rally in hall 1.50
    13. CU Mrs. Janet Suzman speaking in English (3 shots) 2.21
    14. SV AND CU Audience stand as Bishop Tutu reads list of dead (2 shots) 2.48
    TRANSCRIPT: SUZMAN (SEQ 13): "Dr Neil Aggett to call this meeting. But I believe that this is a meeting that should have been called and would have been called even if Dr. Neil Aggett had not died. In the past year, over 350 people have been detained under these laws which give powers to the minister of police, the minister of justice and to the security police to make arbitrary arrest and to detain without trial."

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    The funeral of the white South African trade union organiser Dr. Neil Aggett was turned into an anti-government demonstration on Saturday (13 February) when large green, black and gold flags of the outlawed African National Congress party were carried at the head of the cortege through predominantly white suburbs of Johannesburg. Police kept a discreet watch on the funeral but made no attempt to intervene even though the mainly black mourners shouted anti-government slogans. The 29-year-old doctor turned trade unionist, died while in police custody on February 5. He had been held under arrest since last November. After the funeral, South Africa's opposition civil rights spokesman, Mrs. Janet Suzman, called on the government to repeal unjust laws.

    Source: REUTERS - NIC LOUW

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