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A suitable anniversary: youth and student action to close apartheid’s embassy

It is a joyful coincidence that our book Youth Activism and Solidarity: the Non-Stop Picket against Apartheid has been published on 19 October 2017. On this day, thirty-two years ago, hundreds of students and other young people took mass direct action … Continue reading

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Stopping the Non-Stop Picket, 24 February 1990

Today is the 25th anniversary of the end of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London. The Non-Stop Picket had lasted 1408 days and nights, calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid demands. In the … Continue reading

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Disobedient Films present the London Recruits

The Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A has now closed (prior to travelling the world over the next few years), but it continues to generate creative explorations of how objects of various kinds have been used in (and as) protest. This week … Continue reading

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Marking South Africa House with ‘blood’ on election day 1987

As South Africa celebrates twenty years since the end of apartheid, and prepares for tomorrow’s election, I want to remember a protest that responded to a very different South African election. On 6 May 1987, there was a white-only general … Continue reading

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Our achievements and the future of this blog

We’re nearly done! Officially, the current phase of our research about the Non-Stop Picket comes to an end in under a fortnight. Since July 2011 our work has been funded by a research project grant from the Leverhulme Trust. That … Continue reading

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Non-Stop Against Apartheid in 2013

Two events in 2013 brought significantly increased traffic to the Non-Stop Against Apartheid blog: the first was Margaret Thatcher‘s death; the second, of course, was Nelson Mandela’s. The day after Thatcher died, this blog received its most traffic in a single … Continue reading

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A tribute to Mandela from Trafalgar Square to Houghton

When the members of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group stood for four years outside South Africa House in the 1980s communications with South Africa could be tricky. The South African government’s censorship meant that news of anti-apartheid protests in … Continue reading

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