Tag Archives: defending the right to protest

When other geographers find themselves in ‘our’ archive

On 19 November, I gave a seminar paper about the Non-Stop Picket to staff and students in the Geography Department at University College London.  I had been invited to contribute to a series of seminars on participatory research methods in … Continue reading

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“Pik off Botha”: attempting to arrest the South African Foreign Minister

On the evening of Wednesday 15 March 1989, South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha visited the South African Embassy in London for ‘secret’ talks with his British counterpart, Geoffrey Howe.  The City of London Anti-Apartheid Group (and the national Anti-Apartheid … Continue reading

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“Unruly Bodies” in Body/State

I have a chapter about the Non-Stop Picket in a new book just out.  The book is Body/State edited by my colleagues Angus Cameron and Jen Dickinson, with Nicola Smith from the University of Birmingham, and published by Ashgate.  As … Continue reading

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The Pavement is Ours: ban on anti-apartheid protest defeated

After nearly two months during which the Non-Stop Picket was banned from protesting directly outside the gates of the South African Embassy, on 2 July 1987 the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group won back the right to protest where they … Continue reading

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Remembering Denis Rosen: Jewish socialist and anti-apartheid activist

Denis Rosen was a member of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group and a stalwart of the Non-Stop Picket. He died, in suspicious circumstances, in Botswana on 2 July 1989. Denis was a socialist, an active trade unionist and a … Continue reading

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The Routemaster bus as an agent of direct action

Throughout May and June 1987, members and supporters of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group continued their campaign of direct action to try to overturn the Metropolitan Police’s ban on demonstrations outside the South African Embassy.  During the ban, the … Continue reading

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A motley crew: Tory MP attacks ‘world conspiracy’ of communists and lesbians

Some things never change. While rooting around in the archival material about the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group recently, I was reminded of the time a Tory MP launched a vitriolic attack on the Non-Stop Picket of the South African … Continue reading

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