Monthly Archives: November 2012

Making a noise against apartheid (and quiet acts of solidarity)

Throughout the forty-six months of the Non-Stop Picket, the Metropolitan Police tried many ways of stopping the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group from protesting effectively outside the South African Embassy.  In doing so, they were responding to political pressure applied … Continue reading

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Who reads the ‘Non-Stop Against Apartheid’ blog?

Back in March, I asked ‘Where are the Irish?’  At the time, I was surprised that the blog had so few readers in Ireland.  In many ways, that post did the trick.  The blog now has a regular and growing … Continue reading

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Steven Kitson: anti-apartheid activist who introduced protest samba to Britain

This last week has also marked the fifteenth anniversary of the untimely death of Steven Kitson.  Steve, the son of Norma and David Kitson, died of cancer at the age of 40 on 12 November 1997.  Like his parents, Steve was a … Continue reading

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David Kitson: a South African communist remembered

Ian David Kitson died in Johannesburg on 9 November 2010 at the age of 91.  Although he played no direct role in the formation of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group, it is possible to argue that without him the group … Continue reading

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The Springbok Reception Committee: “no normal sport in an abnormal society”

When it was announced that the South African Springboks rugby team were due to tour Britain during the autumn of 1992, the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group sprung into action. Specifically, they responded to the call from South African anti-apartheid … Continue reading

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