21 March Human Rights Day

Other than being a day to nurse your hangover and catch up on a bit of sleep, March 21st is also a rather important day in terms of the history of South Africa…

On this day way back in 1960 the Apartheid controlled police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who happened to be protesting against the totally insane pass laws that restricted the movement of non-whites to certain hours and areas in South Africa. Many of the peeps standing up for what was a basic human right were shot in the back while trying to run away and the carnage that ensued after made headlines around the world. A few days later the Apartheid government banned all Black political organizations and jailed most of their leaders forcing a large portion into exile.

Human Rights Day, as it is now known is a celebration of where we are as a society now but also a reminder of the abuse of basic Human Rights that occurred during the Apartheid era to ensure that such abuses never again occur.

If you’re keen to check out what your Basic Human Rights are please check out Chapter 2 of the South African Bill of Rights

Enjoy your day off!!! Much love… MyCityByNight

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