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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