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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta J4 1HE IE7HBRIDCE HERAID ThutlJay, Jun> 52, 1972 on- outdoor protests behind clash Government., universities conflict continues to mount By JKKEMY TOYK JOHANNESBURG (Renter) Tlic bitter conlliet between tlie government and Hie univer- sities in South Africa appears unlikely to ciic down as rc-su.t c{ Ilic month-long ban imposed on outdoor protests. For a time, it seemed ns If Hie police might even allow on- campus demonstrations against racial segregation policies de- spile the ban, imposed on June 6, on all processions, protest gatherings and political meet- ings in major university centres. About Johannesburg stu- dents were left alone by police as they picketed the Witwatcrs- riiiul campus. A similar demon- stration involving about students in Cape Town was also not interfered with. This restraint appeared in marked contrast to earlier po- lice action, when night-stick charges, tear gas and dogs were rsed against protesting stu- dents. The ban was imposed after police had broken up student meetings in Cape Town. Johan- nesburg ami Grahamslown. It may have been counter-produc- tive for the government since it crystalized a movement which began with general complaints about the impact of apartheid- racial educa- tion. The conflict between the uni- versities, especially those at- tended by white Englisn-lan- guage students, and the govern- ment is an old one. CRITICIZE VORSTER South African students, with the general exception of Afri- kaaners, have been constant critics of the establishment, rep- resented by the government of Prime Minister John Vorster. The government sees the stu- dents as agents of forces tjc'or- inined to undermine the Scuth African way of life, which is based firmly and inflexibly on the principle of racial separ.1 lion. In May, campus matters came to a bead when a British subject, Mark Douglas-Home, produced an edition of the Wit- watersrand university n c w s- paper with a front-page picture of a little boy peering into a lav- atory. The caption, "Pardon me, are you the prime was initially condemned as merely crude. Then the controversy began to grow. It ted to a full-scale debate in Parliament, a ban on the of- fending issue, a police search for Douglas-Home, the. nephew of British Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home, .ind liis vir- tual expulsion from the country. The publicity arising from the incident led some critics to claim that the government had done more harm than good by allowing a minor incident to grow to a point where it dam- Get-ricli-qiiick schemes 4iiot for mutual funds' WINNIPEG