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Playing With Fire At a meeting of Asiatics, held in Fordsburg on Sunday, about thirteen hundred registration certificates were publicly burned. - August 16, 1908.

On August 16, 1908, Gandhi organized the public burning of more than 2000 certificates of registration under the "Black Act" at the Hamidia mosque in Johannesburg. This was the first bonfire in his political career, and a British publication compared it with the Boston Tea Party in 1773, when the American colonies challenged Britain's right to levy taxes on them.

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