Tag Archives: Metropolitan Police

PW Botha, police spies, and the South African Embassy Picket Campaign 1984

In June 1984, President PW Botha of South Africa was expected in Britain for talks with Margaret Thatcher. His tour of Europe that summer was intended to promote ‘constructive engagement’ with the apartheid regime (rather than sanctions) and stave of … Continue reading

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“I’m only doing my job”: a grandmother’s protest

South African Freedom Day has long been celebrated on 26 June. The day commemorates the general strike and national day of protest that the African National Congress called on 26 June 1950. It also remembers the signing of the Freedom … 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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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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Policing the Non-Stop Picket: more questions than answers

When I first conceived of the Non-Stop Against Apartheid project, my main intention was to record the experiences of former participants in the Non-Stop Picket.  I thought tracking them down and recording their memories would be more than enough work, … Continue reading

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“Did you really think I wouldn’t write on your walls?”

One of the pleasures of writing this blog is the opportunity it provides to record the stories of small incidents from the history of City Group’s anti-apartheid activism that might not end up being used in our other work.  This … Continue reading

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“Being arrested is now a way of life”

One useful way for a protest group to gain sympathetic coverage in the mainstream media can be to enrol the assistance of a well-known and seemingly neutral observer.  In June 1987 the novelist Lynne Reid Banks placed a feature article … Continue reading

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