Monthly Archives: January 2012

Heated solidarity

The winter of 1986/87, the Non-Stop Picket’s first, was a cold one.  The pavement outside the South African Embassy was very exposed to the elements – the wind, in particular, seemed to gather force as it crossed Trafalgar Square.  The … Continue reading

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Terry O’Halloran (1952 – 1989)

When researching last week’s blog post about Viraj Mendis, I was reminded that within days of Viraj’s deportation the network of activists associated with the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group suffered another significant loss.  On 23 January 1989, Terry O’Halloran … Continue reading

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City Group and the Viraj Mendis Defence Campaign

Today is the anniversary of what was, for many supporters of the Non-Stop Picket, a traumatic day.  Viraj Mendis, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Group and a supporter of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group was deported from Britain … Continue reading

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Did you ‘Participate in ’88’?

On 17 January 1988, the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group held a dayschool for its members and supporters around the slogan Participate in ’88. The dayschool was intended to activate members and launch a new year of campaigning.  Central to the … Continue reading

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1000 Days and Nights against apartheid

On Saturday 14 January 1989 the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group celebrated the 1000th day of its Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy with a twelve-hour rally.  The actual 1000th day of the Picket was two days earlier on … Continue reading

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The ANC, the Kitsons and the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group #ANC100years

As ANC supporters gather in Manguang (Bloemfontein) this weekend to celebrate the centenary of the organisation’s founding, I want to trace the often difficult relationship between the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group and the ANC.  While I honour the role … Continue reading

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Sustaining activism and sustenance for activists (plus a call to action)

As I have said before, the geography of the Non-Stop Picket is broader than the few square metres of pavement occupied by anti-apartheid protesters outside the South African Embassy.  Certainly that’s the most obvious way to think of where the … Continue reading

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