ANC at 100: A Timeline of the Struggle

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1976 – Soweto Uprising

 

On June 16, 1976, nearly 20,000 students took part in massive protests against the government’s decision to mandate Afrikaans as the primary language of instruction in schools. Many Black South Africans did not speak Afrikaans, which is a derivative of Dutch. Police opened fire on the students as they marched toward a rally against the policy in Soweto, leaving nearly 600 dead and many more injured.

 

Following the event, exiled ANC members increased pressure on international governments to take action and impose economic sanctions against South Africa.

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