SOUTH AFRICA: Blood and Batons

On the steps of St. George's Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town, 100 South African students gathered last week to hold a demonstration against apartheid and specifically against segregated university education. As a student picked up a loudspeaker, a policeman stepped forward and warned him not to speak. The meeting was peaceful but illegal because the students had not obtained permission, under the Riotous Assemblies Act, to hold a demonstration.

Suddenly a scuffle started, and 50 cops with rubber truncheons charged the group, beating students on their heads, backs and legs and hitting out...

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