Hundreds Protest at Shell: Mayors Call on Oil Company to Leave South Africa

by United Mine Workers of America
Washington, DC, United States
March 21, 1988
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the Washington headquarters of the Shell Oil Company today protesting Shell's parent company's involvement in South Africa; the rally also marked the 28th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre when South African police shot and killed 69 men, women and children who were peacefully protesting South Africa's apartheid policies. The press release says at today's rally, Mayor Marion Barry, Jr. of Washington, D.C. released a statement signed by 23 mayors in the U.S. and 83 mayors of European cities calling on Royal Dutch/Shell to leave South Africa; the statement condemns Shell's continued investments in South Africa and Namibia which "help to maintain the oppressive system of apartheid." The press release says among the speakers at the rally were Richard Trumka, President of the United Mine Workers, and Randall Robinson, Executive Director of TransAfrica. The press release says for more information call Ken Zinn. The press release discusses racism and oppression.
Collection: International Institute of Social History