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Soweto (South-West Township) Group of black townships of more than a million people on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. In June 1976, Soweto attracted international attention, when a student demonstration against the compulsory teaching of Afrikaans in Bantu schools sparked a series of riots against the apartheid regime. The police brutally suppressed the disturbances, killing 618 people. Comprising mostly sub-standard government housing, it remained a focus of protest. Pop. (2000) 992,100.

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Soweto a large urban area, consisting of several townships, in South Africa south-west of Johannesburg. In 1976 demonstrations against the compulsory use of Afrikaans in schools resulted in violent police activity and the deaths of hundreds of people.

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Soweto (səˈwɛtəʊ) Southwestern Townships (South Africa)

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