Soweto uprising

series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa
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The Soweto Uprising was a series of protests led by high school students in South Africa against introduction of Afrikaans as official language in education with oppression and neglecting their first languages. The uprising started on the morning of 16 June 1976.[1]

The Hector Pieterson Museum, in Soweto. Hector Pieterson was a 12-year-old student, who was killed during the uprising.

Students from many Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto because Afrikaans had been introduced as the language of teaching in local schools.[2] It is estimated that 20,000 students took part in the protests. The police responded by killing many protesters. The number of people killed in the uprising is usually given as 176, but estimates of up to 700 have been made.[3][4][5] In remembrance of these events, 16 June is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.[6]


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  5. (Les Payne of Newsday said at least 850 murders were documented) Elsabe Brink; Gandhi Malungane; Steve Lebelo; Dumisani Ntshangase; Sue Krige, Soweto 16 June 1976, 2001, 9
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