Tag Archives: Revolutionary Communist Group

Who we have interviewed (so far)

Last week we passed a significant milestone on the Non-Stop Against Apartheid project – we ‘interviewed’ the 40th former supporter of the Non-Stop Picket about their experiences of anti-apartheid protest in London in the 1980s.  This means that, with about … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: friend of apartheid

‘Every day the blood of our children flows. While all this is happening, Reagan and Thatcher continue to call themselves friends of black people while in effect they are the friends of racists.’ (Winnie Mandela,6 April 1986) Helen Yaffe writes: Winnie … Continue reading

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Organising for militant solidarity: City Group and the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Movement AGM

Over the weekend of 10/11 January 1987 the national Anti-Apartheid Movement held its Annual General Meeting in London.  Although the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group had been ‘disaffiliated’ (expelled) from the Anti-Apartheid Movement two years previously, City Group supporters remained … 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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Forging a spear in the side of imperialism (and re-assembling burnt-out activists)

Many of the stories posted on this blog recount tales of daring and defiance or celebrate political victories. It is important to remember those stories, but any attempt to seriously tell the history of a social movement also has to … Continue reading

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Zephania Mothopeng speaks in London, July 1989

Zephania Mothopeng was the President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), one of the liberation movements that fought apartheid in South Africa.  Following his unconditional release from jail in South Africa in November 1988, he spent several months … Continue reading

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Zephania Mothopeng in London, 1989

Zephania Mothopeng, President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, was released from his third term of imprisonment in apartheid South Africa in October 1988 due to his rapidly declining health.  In April 1989, he travelled to London for medical … 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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Terry O’Halloran (1952 – 1989)

When researching last week’s blog post about Viraj Mendis, I was reminded that within days of Viraj’s deportation the network of activists associated with the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group suffered another significant loss.  On 23 January 1989, Terry O’Halloran … Continue reading

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City Group and the Viraj Mendis Defence Campaign

Today is the anniversary of what was, for many supporters of the Non-Stop Picket, a traumatic day.  Viraj Mendis, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Group and a supporter of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group was deported from Britain … Continue reading

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