Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #418) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #418)
Transcript: announcing that the strike would take the form of a peaceful and non violent stay at home, a point which I repeated in subsequent press interviews.
Unlike previous occasions this time the announcement that we would have a peaceful and non violent stay at home immediately provoked protests from our own men who felt that it was psychologically incorrect that I should stress peace and non violence when the enemy was relying on naked force, and insisted that I should also take a strong line. But I told those who held this view that whatever we might do in the future a non violent stay at home for that campaign was the official line and asked them to fall into line.
At first the English language press widely publicised the campaign for the Convention as well as that of the strike until a few days before May 29th. But the enemy was not sitting idle. It was marshalling its own press and using its vast resources to crush the strike. The usual steps were taken all meetings were banned and all conceivable steps taken in order to obstruct the work of our organisers. In addition to open intimidation, commerce and industry were urged to prevent their workers from going home during the strike period by providing sleeping accommodation for the workers on premises. They were also told to take firm action against absent workers.
Special legislation was rushed through parliament authorising the police to detain charged prisoners for 12 days without bail.
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