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The Sharpeville Massacre During the Apartheid era in South Africa there were many movements made by the political activists to create equality among the blacks and the whites Many of these movements were peaceful and did not cause much chaos however many were just the opposite At almost any political movement the risk of being arrested was always a possibility but no one ever expected to find death The Anti-Apartheid movement was one that lasted for a very long time During this time there were several political movements that resulted in riots or massacres leaving many dead and many more wounded One massacre in particular is the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on March 21 1960 A massacre that created a major turning point in the anti-Apartheid movement To understand the reason for the occurrences at Sharpeville a great deal of background is needed For almost fifty years black South Africans had pursued their struggle against oppression and exploitation with the utmost patience Politely deferentially they had petitioned the white government for a better deal and been ignored They had put their faith in a white change of heart believing that one day the white mans professed commitment to Christian charity democracy and justice would bear fruit but nothing ever became of it For most of this time they were not asking for equality never mind claiming the right to run the country All they asked for was a better deal under the system of white trusteeship but even this was ignored The deals they continued to get from the white government continued to get increasingly worse In 1913 the Land Act was put into effect to cause them to lose most of their possessions followed by losing their voting rights in the Cape in 1936 After this occurrence they went to London to plead for intercession however they were advised to return to South Africa After this they went to
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