Today marks 51 years since the massacre in Sharpville, Johannesburg, where 69 innocent, unarmed, protesters were gunned down by police men and more than 300 others were injured.
The massacre occurred after protesters appeared outside the Sharville Police station on the 21 March 1960. Thousands of people gathered together in the aim to ban pass laws which made black South African's have to carry around a pass book, known as dompass (Dumb pass). The dompass was a restraint on the black South African's movements. However, the innocent protest became an incident South African's would never forget. After 35 years, the South African Human Rights Commission was launched in the aim to never allow any citizen of South Africa to relive such a tragedy due to the inequality of a human being.
|Nelson Mandela, a Man who made a difference.|
|"Hurt" by South African Artist Jan Jordaan, |
part of the UDHR IPP
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