Why was Hector Pieterson shot by the police?
Hector Pieterson was shot by the police because he and his classmates joined a protest against learning the Afrikaans language in school. Hector and other school students were being forced to learn this language, but they wanted to learn their language, Zulu. The South African police beat up the protestors mercilessly and shot at the crowd. One of their bullets killed Hector.