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City Group: disaffiliated over geography, expelled for politics

On 23 February 1985 the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group ceased to be an officially recognised local group of the national Anti-Apartheid Movement.  This was the culmination of more than two years of growing political tensions between the leadership of … 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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Launching the first Non-Stop Picket, August 1982

The main focus of this blog is the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy from April 1986 until February 1990.  That picket was not, however, the first Non-Stop Picket of the London embassy.  At 1pm on 25 August 1982, … Continue reading

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The power of moffies: Simon Nkoli and international lesbian and gay solidarity

One of the events that I remember most clearly and most fondly from my own time on the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy is not one of the large rallies, or one of the daring direct actions,  it is … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela (the writing’s on the wall)

The Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London (1986 – 1990) existed to call for the release of Nelson Mandela (and all other political prisoners in apartheid South Africa).  As I wrote last year, 18 July, Mandela’s birthday … Continue reading

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The Phantom of the Opera takes a stand against apartheid

When the leader of the South African National Party (and future President) F.W. De Klerk visited London in June 1989 he was greeted with anti-apartheid protests everywhere he went.  Members of both the national Anti-Apartheid Movement and the City of … Continue reading

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Celebrating three years being non-stop against apartheid (with a powerful message)

The third anniversary of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African embassy was celebrated by a crowd of more than six hundred people on 22 April 1989.  On this occasion, unlike the first anniversary rally in 1987, the police allowed … Continue reading

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Celebrating one year of being non-stop against apartheid (with daffodils and a helmet on a stick)

As regular readers of this blog will know, the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy started on 19 April 1986.  We have previously posted footage on this site of the march and rally that started the Picket on that day.  To … Continue reading

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Solidarity returned (to sender)

Central to the politics of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group and the Non-Stop Picket was the principle that British solidarity activists could not choose for the Black majority in South Africa (and Namibia) who their legitimate representatives were. City … Continue reading

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