• Police cars were burnt, and fires blazed throughout the night. (Die Burger, Images24, Images24 26098)

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  • One boy witnessing the shootings described the scene. He said, "They opened fire. They did not give any warning. They simply opened fire. Just like that. Just like that. And small children, small defenceless children, dropped down to the ground like swatted flies. This is murder, cold-blooded murder." (Bongani Mnguni, Images24, 7231)

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  • This ignited what is known as the Soweto Uprising, the bloodiest episode of riots between protestors and police in South Africa since the early sixties. (Bongani Mnguni, Images24, 7232)

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  • The story of the young black schoolchildren being gunned down by the police made headlines around the world. (Juhan Kuus, Images24, 28617)

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  • And Hector Petersen's murder became a powerful motif of the anti-apartheid struggle. (Johann Hattingh, Images24, 18384)

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  • South African photographer Jan Hamman also won the press photograph of the year in 1977 with this picture of two Soweto youths kneeling in front of the police holding their hands in the air showing the peace sign on June 16, 1976. (Jan Hamman, Images24, 16381)

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  • The uprising still stands as one of the most awful and violent events in South Africa's history. (Bongani Mnguni, Images24, 34059)

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  • The Soweto uprising was not, however, restricted to one day - anti-apartheid protests continued throughout 1976. (Die Burger, Images 24, 26095)

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  • As the struggle continued. (Die Burger, Images24, 26094)

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  • This boy, for example, was hit in the head when his car was stoned in August of 1976. (Bongani Mnguni, Images24, 18829)

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  • And this UCT student, for example, cut his hair and and threw it into a flame in solidarity against the apartheid regime. (Bongani Mnguni, Images24, 18833)

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