Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #420) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #420)
Transcript: leaflets issued in their name, the wide area of distribution suggested the possesion of resources of a countrywide machinery the PAC never had at the height of its 11 months existence as a legal organisation. The fact that many of its members knew nothing at all about the leaflets and the failure of the organisation to disclaim responsibility for the leaflets led to tremendous speculation and showed the extremes to which they were prepared to go in their hostility to the ANC.
Reports received from the different parts of the country late on May 19th showed that in spite of the good reaction in several areas, in the country as a whole the response to our call seemed less than we expected. I readily, and as it turned out, prematurely acknowledged the fact to Benjamin Pogrund of the Rand Daily Mail the same evening, adding that we had closed a chapter in regard to our method of struggle. Later, in both my trial and in that of Wlater Sisulu, wherein we were charged for organising the strike the State called a number of witnesses who adduced facts and figures which revealed that the strike was not a failure which the press at the time made it out to be. In fact scores of thousands of people responded to the call and stayed at home.
However it could not be denied that government action and intimidation did have their effect. I felt that we could not go on indefinately wasting our energies in fruitless activities, and as keen as we were on peaceful solutions, we had no alternative but to explore new methods.
The debate on the use of violence had been going on informally amongst us since the first half of 1960 when we were detained and now when the enemy once more used force to suppress the strike
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