Shooting, stonings in Sharpeville protest

2012-03-20 20:26
Johannesburg - Shots were fired in Sharpeville on Tuesday evening and one person was wounded, Gauteng police said.

"An ambulance is currently taking that person to hospital," said Constable Tshishiwa Mitileni.

It was not known if the victim was a man or woman.

Mitileni said roads were blockaded and a church tent had also been set alight.

"Police are having problems... because people are stoning us and the police vehicles."

No officers were injured. No arrests had been made yet.

Residents marched earlier on Tuesday because the main Human Rights Day celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

"It [the public holiday] is over the Sharpeville massacre. The people from Sharpeville are striking because they don't understand why [the celebrations] are now in Kliptown," said Mitileni.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by apartheid police in Mrach 1960.

- SAPA
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