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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 5. 1969.

Apartheid demo

Apartheid demo

I Wish to thank you for the item attributed to me in last week's Salient. It is hard to find anywhere in New Zealand or Australia a weekly paper comparative to Salient in news Items, photography, including a high literary level.

However I did not intend to criticise the intentions of those who organised the apartheid protest. As far as I know, none of the unions concerned or the Maori people were aware of the demonstration until I circulated copies of Salient at Trades Hall.

If prior notice of possibly a week, had been given perhaps there would have been a thousand Maori-Pakeha trade unionists supporting the students.

I would sincerely suggest in future Mr Tom Potae of the Wellington Drivers Union, the Seamen's Union, Freezing Workers' Union and the Watersiders' executive be kept in touch to build a common front between the student radicals, the trade union movement and our Polynesian people.

Darryl J. Cunningham.