Tuesday, March 21 2017

1960 Sharpeville massacre

In 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people (and wounded another 180) at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws, sparking international calls for an end to racial discrimination.

In 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, and proclaimed every March 21 to be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


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