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Celebrating three years being non-stop against apartheid (with a powerful message)

The third anniversary of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African embassy was celebrated by a crowd of more than six hundred people on 22 April 1989.  On this occasion, unlike the first anniversary rally in 1987, the police allowed … Continue reading

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Campaigning to free ‘Uncle Zeph’

To mark the 29th anniversary of the founding of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, on 6 April 1988, the PAC launched a petition for the release of its President Zephaniah Mothopeng.  Known affectionately as ‘Uncle Zeph’, Mothopeng was serving a … Continue reading

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Solidarity returned (to sender)

Central to the politics of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group and the Non-Stop Picket was the principle that British solidarity activists could not choose for the Black majority in South Africa (and Namibia) who their legitimate representatives were. City … Continue reading

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14 Days in Brixton Prison for fighting apartheid

The anniversaries are coming thick and fast at the moment and it is not always possible to mark them on time.  In the course of a busy week zipping up and down the country last week, I nearly missed this … Continue reading

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Remembering Sharpeville

On 21 March 1960 69 unarmed protestors were shot dead by South African Police at Sharpeville.  They were participating in a demonstration called by the Pan-Africanist Congress against the pass laws, a central facet of the apartheid regime, that regulated … Continue reading

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Preparing for Mandela’s Release

On 2 February 1990, at the opening of the new (whites-only) Parliament in South Africa, President FW De Klerk announced the unbanning of the African National Congress, the Pan-Africanist Congress and the South African Communist Party.  He also announced that … Continue reading

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Did you ‘Participate in ’88’?

On 17 January 1988, the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group held a dayschool for its members and supporters around the slogan Participate in ’88. The dayschool was intended to activate members and launch a new year of campaigning.  Central to the … Continue reading

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