Friday, 15 November 2019
The battle of St Helens
BBC reminds us that today is the 50th anniversary of the anti-apartheid demonstration at the match between Swansea RFC and the Springbok tourists. What started as a peaceful demonstration was marred by police brutality. A work colleague at that time confirmed that the police over-reacted. A fairly neutral spectator, he reported to us after the match that he had seen police picking up demonstrators bodily and throwing them into the part of the crowd which was most antagonistic to the demo, in the expectation of a beating.