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pic7101. Protest against arms sales to South Africa

pic7101. Protest against arms sales to South Africa

The 1970–74 Conservative government lifted Labour’s ban on British arms sales to South Africa. In March 1971 it announced the sale of seven Westland Wasp helicopters to the South African Defence Force. The photograph shows anti-apartheid supporters protesting in Downing Street. Although the Wasps were supplied, opposition from British public opinion and from the Commonwealth was so strong that that no other arms deals were agreed.

Category: 1970s
Created Date: 15-03-1971
Copyright: Unknown
Holding Institution: AAM Archive, Bodleian Library
Catalogue: MSS AAM 2402
Date/Year: 1971