Rebellion, Revolution, and Armed Force. A Comparative Study by D. E. H. Russell

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58). There were also a number of casualties in Langa, C a p e T o w n . , p. 62). ). O n 24 March 1 9 6 0 , legislation w a s introduced to ban the A N C and P A C . A n d on March 3 0 , the government declared a state of emergency. , p. 68). But official sources usually grossly underestimate African 2. 40 Oppression and Rebellion casualties. ). Following the declaration of the state of emergency, some 2,000 leading opponents of apartheid were detained without trial for up to 5 months. In addition, Bunting (1964) states, " a l m o s t 2 0 , 0 0 0 Africans were arrested .

T h e police tortured and murdered, the army competed with the police, and pro-Batista armed bands. vied with both. . [ p . 1 4 4 ] . " A n d elsewhere, Goldenberg (1965) states that: "Terror ruled the country. Torture became an everyday event, corpses of y o u n g people appeared in the streets and in the plains bodies c o u l d be seen hanging from trees [p. 1 5 9 ] . " Similar descriptions appear in many accounts, some of w h i c h go into great detail about specific cases of brutality; most of them emphasize the innocence of many victims.

9 South Africa 33 More than to Indicate the quantity of repressive legislation that was passed, this quotation is included to c o n v e y the consistent and rapid movement toward the greater and greater repression of the opponents of apartheid by the government. T o c o n v e y something about the quality of the legislation, some of the provisions of these laws are described below. In 1950, the Suppression of C o m m u n i s m A c t was passed, ostensibly to outlaw the C o m m u n i s t Party and suppress communists.

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