Victor Gollancz, London, 1960. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. With 30 photographs taken before, during and after the shooting: and a foreword by Chief Luthuli. Blue cloth, gilt titles to spine. 159pp. includes Appendices. Trace of foxing to text block edges. Contents clean. Unclipped dust jacket is worn with loss to the top and bottom head of spine but repaired.
The Sharpeville massacre occurred on 21 March 1960, at the police station in the South African township of Sharpeville in Transvaal (today part of Gauteng). After a day of demonstrations against pass laws, a crowd of about 7,000 protesters went to the police station. The South African Police opened fire on the crowd, killing 69 people and injuring 180 others. Sources disagree as to the behaviour of the crowd; some state that the crowd was peaceful, while others state that the crowd had been hurling stones at the police, and that the shooting started when the crowd started advancing toward the fence around the police station. There were 249 casualties in total, including 29 children. Many were shot in the back as they fled. The massacre was photographed by photographer Ian Berry, who initially believed the police were firing blanks. In present-day South Africa, 21 March is celebrated as a public holiday in honour of human rights and to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre.
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