35 Years Ago: Springbok Tour Protests in Wellington

On July 29,  in Wellington, 2,000 protesters opposing the Springbok Tour were confronted by police who used batons to stop them marching up Molesworth St to the home of South Africa’s ambassador in Wadestown. This was the first use of batons against protestors and the violence horrified many people. There were no mobile phones in 1981, so reporters couldn’t provide live coverage from the middle of a march, but RNZ reporters Lindy Fleming and James Weir were there and reported back in the studio on what they saw and captured with their tape recorders.

 

Report on Wellington Protests (29 July 1981)

 

Karen Brough, injured during an anti Springbok rugby tour demonstration in Wellington - Photograph taken by Ian Mackley. Dominion post (Newspaper) : Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1981/2623/21-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22860506
Karen Brough, injured during an anti Springbok rugby tour demonstration in Wellington – Photograph taken by Ian Mackley. Dominion post (Newspaper) : Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1981/2623/21-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22860506

You can listen to the Molesworth Street action and other 1981 anti-Tour protests from around the country, in a compilation of radio coverage here.

Learn more about radio coverage of the Springbok Tour here.

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