Soweto Uprising 1976 - Black School Children Protest

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History will never forget the demonstrations and protest by black South African school children and youths on June 16 1976.
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Cause
A law was enacted on South Africa that forced all black schools in the country to adopt the use of Afrikaans (language of the Boers) and English in a 50-50 mix for instructions,  the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974". Afrikaans had to be used for mathematics, social studies and arithmetic from standard five while English would be used for general science and practical subject but indigenous languages could only be used for religious instructions, music and physical culture. 
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Demonstration 
On 16 June 1976, an estimate of about 20,000 black students from different high schools all over the country march round in critism of the Decree after it implementation on January 1, 1976 and the idea of learning through Afrikaans in school, the first stage of the protest started in Orlando Stadium which the students from different schools gathered for the rally both those that were aware of it before that day and those that got the information on the spot but still follow with the movement. 
When the march started,  the students sang and displayed placard showing slogans like "Down with Afrikaans", "Viva Azania" and "if we must do Afrikaans, Vorster must do Zulu". The protest was intended to be peaceful which it was until the police blocked their route and they had to change direction in other not to create any violence but the Police started releasing dogs on the students who killed it to avoid getting bitten by the dog, the police opened fire directly on the innocent black school children protesting peacefully against an imposition by the apathieth government of South Africa. 
Among the first school children shot was Hasting Ndlovo who was just 15 years old and Hector Pieterson who was 13, it was reported that the total number of black school children killed on the protest was around 176 but the government denied the claims and published their own report of 23 students killed during the protest by the Police.
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Follow Up
The uprising and killings resulted to a violence retaliation against white population in South Africa and pressure was places on the government for it's role in the killing by African National Congress and other pro-Black movements in the country, black workers went on strike and more than 250 white students from the University of Witwatersrand marched on Johannesburg's city centre in protest of the government atrocities against school children.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said "those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them".

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