#Iam76 Honors South African Students Killed During Apartheid-Era Soweto Uprising

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The hashtags #Iam76 and #June16 trended in South Africa this week as many South Africans remembered the Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976.

Makhubo carrying and 12-year-old Hector Pieterson after he was shot by South African police.
On that day, high school students in Soweto began protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in local schools as part of the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974.

The number of those who died from live bullets from the apartheid government police is estimated to be up to 700.

The uprising and the killing of students led to strikes by black workers and riots in other black townships in South Africa and ignited calls for tougher international sanctions.
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