Tag Archives: Metropolitan Police

Playing with fire: protesting against apartheid heats up (briefly)

With snow on the ground here in Leicester (and continuing to fall over much of the UK) the article I had planned for this week seems more apt than ever.  In January 1987, in the midst of one of the … Continue reading

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Political responses to assaults on anti-apartheid protestors

Before Christmas, I wrote about a series of complaints made in December 1987 by the South African Embassy in London about the anti-apartheid Non-Stop Picket outside their premises.  I quoted the reply to these complaints by an official at the UK … Continue reading

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Contesting the peace and dignity of the apartheid embassy

Throughout the 1980s the South African Embassy in London regularly complained to the British Government about anti-apartheid protests outside its premises.  In December 1987, staff at the embassy wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office twice in one day to … Continue reading

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(Still seeking) other perspectives on the Non-Stop Picket

Over the last year, the Non-Stop Against Apartheid research project has collected many stories from people who participated in the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London between April 1986 and February 1990.  Those stories have come through … 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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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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Defiance of ban on anti-apartheid protest continues

The day after the Metropolitan Police banned the City Of London Anti-Apartheid Group’s Non-Stop Picket from demonstrating directly outside the South African Embassy the civil disobedience against the ban continued.  On the evening that the ban was imposed (6 May … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Police ban protests outside the South African Embassy

On the evening of 6 May 1987, anti-apartheid activists from the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group’s Non-Stop Picket of the South African embassy should have been rallying to protest against the white-only elections that were taking place in South Africa … 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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An archive of petty harassment

Over recent weeks I have found myself reading over and over an internal document written for the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group in January 1990.  The document is entitled Record of Police Harassment on and around the NSP, 28th September … Continue reading

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