Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University Students Association. Volume 40, Number 3. March 14, 1977.
This week is Solidarity Week commemorating Sharpeville and Soweto. The Sharpeville massacre on 21st March 1960 shocked the world and is still remembered with shame. A peaceful and unarmed crowd of demonstrators was attacked by South African police killing 69 Africans and wounding 180. But Sharpeville was not an isolated incident. Both before and after, South Africa has been the scene of intense activity by the opponents of apartheid. The events in Soweto have again highlighted the inhumanity and cruel injustices practised by the South African regime.
But why is this important to New Zealand University students? It is important that we do not forget what is happening in South Africa.
We must let the South African regime know that we will not tolerate their injust practicies. The oppression must not continue.