Tag Archives: Direct Action

“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 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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Andrew Privett: a life of (loud) activism and “no regrets”

Our friend, Andrew Privett died unexpectedly on Sunday 21st October.  Andy (who used the name Gardner at the time) was a member of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group, playing an active role in the Non-Stop Picket for most of … Continue reading

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City Group lead students in mass direct action against apartheid

Exactly six months to the day before the Non-Stop Picket started, the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group led a spectacular protest outside the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square.  On 19 October 1985, three hundred and twenty-two people were arrested … Continue reading

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Fighting for workers’ sanctions against apartheid, in Leicester

In late July 1989 two Leicester-based trade union militants discovered that the company they worked for had accepted a contract to supply goods to South Africa.  Ross Galbraith and Gary Sherriff refused to work on the contract and were sacked.  … Continue reading

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Red Reprisal strikes at Savimbi

When Jonas Savimbi, the leader of UNITA (the South African and US backed group that was waging a guerrilla war against the Angolan government) visited London in early July 1988 he was met with protests.  In the early hours of … 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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South African Airways closed: occupied three times in one day

Throughout the first half of 1988 the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group ran a campaign, No rights? No flights!, targeting the offices of South African Airways in London in protest at the banning of anti-apartheid organisations in South Africa.  On 2 July … 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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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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