Swaminathan Gounden - South Africa
In 1946, the Land Tenure Act was passed by the Durban City Council to get rid of all the Indian people from the CBD area, you know the town area and so on. They put them away from the town so that they could make the CBD area a White area, no Non-Whites must stay. So the first task of the NIC was to launch a Passive Resistance Campaign. I don't know if you heard of the Passive Resistance Campaign of 1946. So we mobilized all the people, people from the Barracks and elsewhere, people came in hundreds. And they came and attended the meeting and from there, there was a place called Red Square in town, in Grey Street. And they had a massive meeting there. The Natal Indian Congress called our people and explained to them why they were launching this Campaign against this law, because the law is suppressing us, getting us away from town, and residents and so on, and then from there the majority, in fact all of them, agreed that they must have this Campaign launched. And over 10 000 people that afternoon, they marched from Red Square.