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South Africans unite to remember Soweto uprising

South Africa's Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana (C) leads a peace walk in Soweto on June 11, 2016 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising - when police opened fire at black students protesting against the use of AfrikaansHundreds of South Africans, including for the first time white apartheid era conscripts, on Saturday united to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. “They tried to march, they were stopped, they were killed, (but) today, the police are here to help us march,” said cleric and ANC stalwart Frank Chikane as two policemen on horseback — one black, one white — escorted a procession of people into the stadium. The uprising, in which at least 170 people were killed, was a turning point in the anti-apartheid struggle, bringing the injustices of the regime to the world’s attention and paving the way for the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black president.

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