Regina Mundi is the largest Roman Catholic church in South Africa. It was build in Soweto and it became the center of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. During the second half of the 20th century political meetings were banned in most public places, but the government couldn't ban attending the church. That is why Regina Mundi became the place, where people could safely meet and discuss. Very often funerals ended up as political meetings.
Regina Mundi also became the refuge for the students, who were attacked during the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. Many demonstrators fled to the church, that can accommodate as many as 7,000 people. Police entered the church and started firing live ammunition. Although the decorations of the church was severely damaged and many people were injured, no one died.
Nelson Mandela, as one of the most outstanding anti-apartheid activists, declared November 30 to be Regina Mundi Day. This is not a public holiday, however, it's a very important day for the people of South Africa.Remind me with Google Calendar
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