Eyewitness News on 22 October 2015

In a sea of protesting students, her arms are outstretched, holding up a piece of cardboard emblazoned with red writing. On Parliament’s doorstep, the poster she clutches asks a poignant question: 1976?

Imraan Christian’s powerful image, taken at yesterday’s national shutdown, rhymes with the historical student protests of 1976. It echoes a struggle entangled with history, and unfinished, for many reasons, with a stark and searing clarity. Even as this moment is also different to what came before it. Even as this struggle has its own particularities.

And across the ocean, in Ferguson, Missouri, another poster rhymed with this moment. The words on that placard, protesting Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer last year, ricochet across time and space. That poster simply stated: “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit”.

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