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#etvSunrise: Human Rights Day

20 March 2018

On Wednesday morning we commemorate Human Rights day and pay homage to all those who lost their lives in the Sharpeville Massacre. Sunrise, weekdays at 5:30AM.

On 21 March 1960, black South Africans gathered at Sharpeville station to protest Pass Laws which required all indigenous Africans over the age of 16 to carry a passbook everywhere they went.  

Police opened fire, killing 69 people and injuring 180. This day then became one of the most momentous events in history due to the lives that were lost during this demonstration.

In 1994, after Nelson Mandela became president, he declared Human Rights Day a public holiday.

Later in the show, we find out more about the 2018 Easter Road Safety Campaign.

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