On March 21 1960 the Sharpeville massacre occurred when the South African police opened fire on black civilians protesting the abhorred Pass Law, which restricted them to certain areas and forced them to carry passes at all times. 69 people were killed and 178 wounded by police during the violence.
Sharpeville Day has been commemorated since then on 21 March, and since 1994 has been the official Human Rights Day public holiday.
Remembering Sharpeville: The Killing of 69 Black South Africans on March 21st, 1960 Was a Turning Point: The World Judged Apartheid to Be Morally Bankrupt and the Political Agitation That Ensued Would Eventually Overturn White Supremacy
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