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Why we celebrate Human Rights Day on March 21 | IOL News

Cape Town — Human Rights Day has its origins in a tragedy fed by the racism of a political party that believed in apartheid – and the notion that black people could never be South Africans.

It was on March 21, 1960 when 69 Pan Africanist Congress sympathisers were shot dead by police during an anti-pass laws protest outside a police station in the southern Gauteng township of Sharpeville and four in Langa.

It was the biggest single massacre of black people during the racist era of the National Party. And although it would take almost three more decades before apartheid was finally defeated, it nevertheless signalled a seminal moment in the fight for freedom by the majority of the country’s population.

Source: Why we celebrate Human Rights Day on March 21 | IOL News

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