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This iconic picture of a fatally wounded 12-year-old boy named Hector Pieterson became known around the world. After firing teargas at the protesting students, police opened fire on the crowd, killing and wounding many. More than 500 people died and it is estimated that over 1,000 were wounded in the uprising.
Youth Day honors those that lost their lives in this stand against Apartheid.
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