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Springbok tour protesters, 1981 (3rd of 1)

Springbok tour protesters, 1981

The conflict within New Zealand over sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa reached a peak in the protests against the 1981 Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand. Here police and protesters confront one another at Palmerson North on 1 August 1981, when South Africa played Manawatū. Because it was three days after police had used batons against protesters in Molesworth Street, Wellington, feelings ran high. The tour proceeded, accompanied by extraordinary scenes of civil disorder and heavy police presence.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Ethics-Demonstrations-1981-Springbok-Tour-02
Photograph by Ian Chappell Mackley

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David Green, 'Government and sport - Politics of sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2024)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013