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In the U.S., a wave of demonstrations against apartheid

Every weekday for more than eight months now, through winter freeze and summer swelter, scores of Americans, black and white, have been assembling in front of the large, sand-colored South African embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington to demonstrate their revulsion from apartheid. Every weekday for those eight months, some of the protesters have been arrested. Through last week, Washington police had detained nearly 3,000 antiapartheid demonstrators; in virtually all the cases, they were quickly freed after posting $50 bail, and none were prosecuted. Among those arrested since last November are 22 Congressmen, former First Daughter Amy Carter, two of the...

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