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nam45. Namibia, SWAPO and the Labour Party

Leaflet criticising the 1974–79 Labour government’s record on Namibia. It asked Labour Party to members to campaign within the party to ensure that a future Labour government refused to recognise South African control of Namibia.

 
pic8223. ANC London office bombed

Bomb damage at the ANC office at Penton Street in north London after an explosion early in the morning of 14 March 1982. The bomb was placed by South African agents on the day of the AAM’s ‘Southern Africa: the Time to Choose’ rally at which Oliver Tambo was scheduled to speak. The bombing was the worst of a series of undercover operations, including break-ins and burglaries at the ANC, SWAPO and AAM offices.

 
pic8507. AAM demonstration for sanctions

25,000 anti-apartheid supporters marched up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square on 16 June 1985 to demand sanctions against South Africa. They carried coffins symbolising the victims of South African security force massacres in Namibia and South Africa.

 
pic8526. AAM demonstration for sanctions

A delegation entered Downing Street to deliver a letter calling on Prime Minister Thatcher to drop her opposition to sanctions against South Africa, as demonstrators marched up Whitehall on 16 June 1985. In the photograph are Zerbanoo Gifford from the Liberal Party, AAM Executive Secretary, Mike Terry, President, Trevor Huddleston and Chair, Bob Hughes MP, Hidipo Hamutenya and Shapua Kaukungua from SWAPO, Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg and Clarence Thompson from the West Indian Standing Conference.

 
pic8225. ‘Southern Africa: The Time to Choose’ conference

Labour Party leader Michael Foot speaking at the  AAM’s ‘Southern Africa: the Time to Choose’ conference in March 1982. The conference was attended by church representatives, trade unionists, local authorities and women’s, youth and student organisations. 

 
pic8433. Demonstration against PW Botha, 2 June 1984

A speaker at the rally in Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank on 2 June 1984. At least 50,000 people marched through London to tell South African President P W Botha he was not welcome in Britain. London’s black and Asian community were at the forefront of opposition to Botha’s visit. The demonstration was the beginning of an upsurge of anti-apartheid action which gathered pace for the rest of the decade.

 
pic8931. UDF press conference, July 1989

Albertina Sisulu, President of the banned United Democratic Front, and Sister Bernard Ncube of the Federation of Transvaal Women held a press conference in the House of Commons  on 13 July 1989. They were on their way back to South Africa from the USA, where they met President George Bush. During their stay in London the UDF delegation met Margaret Thatcher, the first time a British Prime Minister had met black South African anti-apartheid leaders since Josiah Gumede and Sol Plaatje held a meeting with Lloyd George in 1919.

 
pic8843. AAM Annual General Meeting, 1988

The platform at the AAM’s 1988 annual general meeting, held in Sheffield. The banner reproduces a woodcut by Namibian woodcut artist John Muafangejo.

 
 
 
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