South Africa Rising Defiance

A march on police headquarters

Bearing staffs and walking with purpose, 25 South African churchmen of all races, led by Bishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, marched on Johannesburg's police headquarters last week. There they lodged a protest against the government's six-month-long detention of a black priest. A week earlier 239 demonstrators in a similar march in Cape Town had been arrested; this time policemen simply took names and photographs while the clergymen sang hymns.

Nonetheless, nonviolence remained the exception in South Africa rather than the rule. Two days before the clerics' protest, black women outside Johannesburg's regional court building chanted their...

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