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An armoured vehicle waits in Sharpeville during the 1960 demonstrations against pass laws. Getty
Hundreds of South Africans have gathered in Sharpeville township, in the north-eastern province of Gauteng, to commemorate the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, Eyewitness news reports.
On 21 March, 1960, thousands of people marched on the local police station in protest against the country’s racist pass laws which limited the movement of black South Africans.
Police fired on the crowd, killing 69 people and wounding 289 others.
Earlier, wreaths were laid on the graves of the victims before the country’s Deputy President, David Mabuza, addressed people at a local stadium.
Today, 21 March, is a public holiday in South Africa called Human Rights Day.
But despite its peaceful intent, the news reporter Leanne Manas tweeted that this year’s commemorations were marred by violence.
Abrupt & frightening end to our broadcast from Sharpeville cemetery as 2 factions of the PAC stormed in front of our cameras & started threatening each other violently. Thanks to amazing crew for sheilding & running me out of there! Ducked a few blows. See y’all tomorrow 🙏 sharp
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) March 21, 2018