16 June 2009

16 June 2009 (little has changed in 2 years..)

Hector Pieterson (1964 – 16 June 1976) became the iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa when a news photograph of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student, was published around the world. He was killed at the age of 12 when the police opened fire on protesting students. For years, June 16 stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the Apartheid government.

Today, it is known as National Youth Day — a day on which South Africans honour young people and bring attention to their needs. Let us not forget that Apartheid that still exists. The Apartheid under which the Palestinian Hector Pietersons are being killed.

Lest we forget...

A recycled blogpost from 16 June 2007 - pic courtesy of peace and quite


KiLLa said...

I thought its the day bored ppl run from durban to maritzburg :P

KimyaShafinaaz said...

ur right, bilal.. we need to be reminded. its a pity.