1980s

pic8901. ‘Support the hunger strikers’, February 1989

Early in 1989 more than 300 South African detainees went on hunger strike in protest against their detention without trial. Altogether over 1,000 people were held without charge, some of them for over two years. AAM and ANC supporters held a vigil outside South Africa House. Southern Africa the Imprisoned Society (SATIS) asked British Foreign Office Minister Lynda Chalker to tell the South African ambassador that his government must release the detainees.

pic8902. ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign launch

AAM Chair Bob Hughes MP signed a giant Outspan orange at the launch of the AAM’s ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign on 20 February 1989. The launch took place outside Cape Fruit’s London headquarters. The AAM asked shoppers to impose ‘people’s sanctions’ against apartheid in the face of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to impose government sanctions. As well as Cape fruit and Outspan oranges, the campaign focused on tourism and imports of coal and gold.

boy12. Boycott Apartheid 89 petition

This petition was circulated as part the AAM’s Boycott Apartheid 89 campaign. The centrepiece of the campaign was the Boycott Bandwagon, a bus converted to display exhibition material and show a specially commissioned video about the boycott. It toured 140 towns and cities during the year. The campaign was launched outside Cape Fruit’s London headquarters on 20 February. AAM Chair Bob Hughes MP signed a giant inflatable Outspan orange with a pledge not to buy South African fruit.

po113. Boycott Apartheid 89

In February 1989 the Anti-Apartheid Movement launched the ‘Boycott 89’ campaign to intensify the boycott of products of apartheid. The material produced for the campaign included a video, Fruits of Fear, and leaflets focusing on Cape and Outspan products, as well as major supermarket chains like Tesco. The centrepiece was the Boycott Bandwagon, a converted double-decker bus, which visited over 140 towns, cities and villages during the year.

boy13. Boycott Apartheid 89 brochure

The AAM’s Boycott 89 campaign extended the boycott of South African fruit to gold and tourism. Its centrepiece was the Boycott Bandwagon, a bus converted to display exhibition material and show a specially commissioned video about the boycott. It toured 140 towns and cities during the year. The campaign was launched outside Cape Fruit’s London headquarters on 20 February. This brochure included a special pledge form and provided information about the campaign.

pic8913. Boycott Bandwagon

As part of the Boycott Apartheid 89 campaign the AAM converted a double-decker bus into a travelling exhibition area and video cinema. During the year the bus visited local communities all over Britain, displaying anti-apartheid material and showing a specially commissioned video, Fruits of Fear, on the consumer boycott.

pic8914. MPs with the Boycott Bandwagon

As part of the Boycott Apartheid 89 campaign the AAM converted a double-decker bus into a travelling exhibition area and video cinema. The bus was launched in London on 8 June, when a group of MPs took a symbolic ride from the House of Commons to the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square.

boy25. Every Bite Buys a Bullet

Leaflet produced for the AAM’s Boycott 89 campaign. It asked shoppers not to buy Cape or Outspan fruit.