Monthly Archives: April 2013

‘Black Londoners’ celebrate two years of the Non-Stop Picket

The Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy (which began on 19 April 1986) celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday 16 April 1988 with a march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.  We have recently (re)discovered a recording of a … Continue reading

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Launching the Non-Stop Picket, 19 April 1986

The Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy started on 19 April 1986. The proposal for the Non-Stop Picket had been made at the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group’s Annual General Meeting in January of that year and plans for … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: friend of apartheid

‘Every day the blood of our children flows. While all this is happening, Reagan and Thatcher continue to call themselves friends of black people while in effect they are the friends of racists.’ (Winnie Mandela,6 April 1986) Helen Yaffe writes: Winnie … Continue reading

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A tale of the homeless and ‘disarmingly cheery revolutionaries’

Last week I re-read an old magazine feature about the Non-Stop Picket.  The article was originally published in the Mail on Sunday‘s You magazine in late 1988, just as the Picket was about to celebrate its 1000th day and night outside … Continue reading

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