Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #156) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #156)
Transcript: entrance and insisted on their producing entry warrants. He was violently taken into custody. Ahmed Kathrada took Robert's place at the entrance and was also taken into custody, whilst Yusuf Cachalia was being manhandled by the police on the platform and dragged away.
Walter Sisulu's and my bans had recently expired and we were attending a meeting for the first time since the lapse of our respective restrictions. The police were not aware of our newly gained freedom and when the officer in charge saw us he ordered our arrest. Father Huddleston, already noted for his fearless opposition to the scheme and for his support of the people's decision to resist the removal, boldly stepped between us and the advancing policemen. "Don't do it! Arrest me instead, my dear", he said fearlessly. That stopped them in their tracks and we were thus able to take part in the deliberations of the conference. Other anti removal meetings were addressed by Bram Fischer, E.P. Moretsele, P.Q. Vundla, who later joined Moral Re armament, city councillors Lewis and Harvey and other public figures. The churches, members of the Liberal Party, the Institute of Race Relations and liberal whites outside these particular bodies as well as the press, all denounced the move as inhuman. Father Huddleston completely identified himself with the people and continued to speak at meetings in spite of repeated warnings from the police to confine himself to church affairs.
Meanwhile government officials, working closely with the police and the Native Labour Bureau, were screening the residents stringently and hundreds were being endorsed out of Johannesburg or sent to labour on white farms through the Bureau or taken into custody by the police for
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