International outrage now took a more serious turn.
The US, the Netherlands, Great Britain, West Germany and Belgium all recalled their ambassadors for consultations.
The period leading up to his death, beginning with the June 1976 unrest, had seen some of the most turbulent events in South African history, the first signs that the Apartheid regime would not be able to maintain its oppressive rule without massive resistance.
The Soweto riots were followed by continuous unrest: students and workers in the townships of every province boycotted schools, universities and workplaces, and the regime was hard put to restore the Apartheid order.
Instead of embarking on a process of reform, the apartheid government took steps to clamp down on resistance, and bolstered its means of keeping the Black population in check.
One of the most significant of these was the power to curtail freedom of speech and the publication of material it deemed subversive.
About 70 activists were arrested, including several members of the Soweto Committee of Ten, and many were banned, including Biko’s friend and supporter, editor of the Daily Despatch, Donald Woods.
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