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The shooting of African protesters by police in the township of Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 was greeted with outrage by the international community.

More than 200 people were shot – leaving 69 dead – after a protest against the carrying of ‘passes’ organised by the Pan Africanist Congress.

The Labour Party responded by organising this rally in Trafalgar Square, attended by around 20,000 people – as shown in this picture of the rally on 28 March.

Speakers included African National Congress leader, Tennyson Makiwane, Labour’s Colonial Affairs spokesperson James Callaghan and Robert Willis from the TUC General Council.

The protest was a catalyst in launching the Anti-Apartheid Movement, in which the Labour Party played a major role.