In March 1960, sixty-nine black anti-apartheid demonstrators were killed by police at Sharpeville.
The day will come when the outraged people of Iran will tire of seeing innocent people being killed simply for demanding free and fair elections. In taking the murderous line they have against their own people the governing powers in Iran have chosen a course which inevitably will guarantee their own demise.
The formation of the ANC in South Africa as a resistance movement was the direct result of the South African government’s policy of brutal apartheid and its lethal enforcement. Similarly, in seeking justice and democracy perhaps the frustrated people of Iran will one day give consideration to the Mandela option.
The Mandela Option
Quote: — “In 1948, the National Party came to power and began to implement a policy of ‘apartheid’, or forced segregation on the basis of race. The ANC staged a campaign of passive resistance against apartheid laws. In 1952, Mandela became one of the ANC’s deputy presidents. By the late 1950s, faced with increasing government discrimination, Mandela, his friend Oliver Tambo, and others began to move the ANC in a more radical direction. Mandela was tried for treason in 1956, but acquitted after a five-year trial.
In March 1960, sixty-nine black anti-apartheid demonstrators were killed by police at Sharpeville. The government declared a state of emergency and banned the ANC. In response, the organisation abandoned its policy of non-violence and Mandela helped establish the ANC’s military wing ‘Umkhonto we Sizwe’ or ‘The Spear of the Nation’. He was appointed its commander-in-chief and travelled abroad to receive military training and to find support for the ANC.”
Time will tell, Vale Neda / A heroine of Iran