Sharpeville massacre

In South Africa March 21 is marked as national holiday “Human Rights Day”. The reason for the approval of this holiday were the events that took place in Sharpeville on 21 March 1960. On the morning of that day began a rally demanding the abolition of permits and arrests because of their absence. The crowd, which had gathered from 5 to 7 thousand people went to the local police station to express their demands. By one o’clock the protesters started throwing stones at the police and in response police opened fire. The ending of the meeting was 69 of deaths and 180 wounded men.
Events that took place in South Africa, have caused international repercussions – April 1 The UN Security Council adopted a declaration in which condemned the events.
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