21st March: Anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre and Human Rights Day in South Africa

The 21st March is Human Rights Day in South Africa. It marks the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre.  On 21 March 1960 69 unarmed black South Africans were killed by the apartheid police when they were demonstrating outside of a police station in Sharpeville near Johannesburg. They were demonstrating against black South Africans having to carry a pass.

To mark the anniversary of what has become known as the Sharpeville Massacre South Africa’s democratic government designated the 21 March as South Africa’s Human Rights Day.

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