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What Happened At Sharpeville On 21st March 1960-MassacreOr Self-Defence?

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What Happened At Sharpeville On 21st March 1960-Massacre Or Self-Defence? 1) Study Sources A and B How far do these sources agree about what happened in Sharpeville on the morning of 21st March? Use the sources to explain your answer. Both Sources A and B are describing the events of the morning of the 21st of March. Altogether they have very different stories, but there are some similarities. They were both written at the same time, in the morning. They both said that the crowd were moving towards the police station. They also both said that the police were armed and that there were Saracen vehicles present, although they disagreed on the number of vehicles that were there. Source A presents a peaceful atmosphere. It gives the impression the protest was going to be no trouble and the protesters were in a non-threatening manner. The article shows everyone in good spirits it says, 'It was like a Sunday, outing' It also says the protesters were 'grinning and cheerful'. The opening line to Source B says that 'trouble was expected', it suggests that the crowd were violent. It says how there was a shooting in the morning. ...read more.


They both support each other as the picture in Source G is showing what the writing in Source E is describing. In Source E it says that there was no warning and the crowd were running. In the picture it shows the crowd running. In the picture you can also see that most of the protesters had their backs to the police, this connects this Source to Source F as well which says how the protestors were all shot in the back. In fact Source A, Source C, Source E, Source F and Source G all support each other about the events that occurred at Sharpeville. In Source G you can also see a person carrying an injured person, and you can see that the protestors were not being threatening as they were all running away. Although even on there own they provide useful information, but together they are much more useful as the link in with each other. 5) Study Sources F,H and I Why do you think Sources H and I disagree with Source F about the events at Sharpeville. Use the Sources and your knowledge to explain your answer. Sources H and I are on opposite sides of the argument about the true events and reasons for Sharpeville. ...read more.


Source E was written by the same person as in source A. He was actually there and witnessed the events. Although he had a reason to lie as he opposed the Apartheid system, he had many people, in fact every witness from Sharpeville backed up his evidence. Including two photos from the day one taken at the time of the shooting which showed the people running away, certainly not in a threatening way, they are all shown running for there lives. This was also backed up by the fact there injuries were all from bullet wounds to their backs. Source F was written by an Anglican bishop who is very unlikely to lie as he is a man of God. His information should be trusted the most. He also had evidence taken from witnesses who could not have conferred their stories. All there accounts matched anyway. Every witness contradicted the Government claims that there were 20,000 people there; these witnesses also included Europeans who also had no reason to lie. Overall statement A is most supported as 5 of the sources support this statement, and only 4 support statement B. Although this is only a difference of 1 statement A is more reliable as at least two of the 4 sources supporting statement B are from unreliable sources. Lauren Clements ...read more.

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