Demonstrations against Proclamation of Republic

6 May 1961

[Drum asked several non-European leaders for answers to three questions concerning the planned demonstrations. The following are answers of Chief Luthuli.]

Question: Do you advocate peaceful demonstrations for May 31?

Answer: We have no other way to express our feelings. That is the only thing left to the voteless man. I welcome non-violent protests.

Question: What form should the demonstrations around Republic Day take?

Answer: There can be marches and meetings or stay-at-homes. As long as they are directed at objectives I share, I welcome them.

Question: What should be the aim of the demonstrations?

Answer: We are protesting against the establishment of a republic with no reference to us. We feel that white South Africa should not go on making changes in our lives without consulting us.