Zimbabwe

pic7508. Zimbabwe: UDI tenth anniversary

Part of the crowd at a rally in Trafalgar Square to mark the tenth anniversary of UDI, held on 9 November 1975. Demonstrators called for an end to the execution of freedom fighters by the Smith regime. Speakers included Methodist minister David Haslam, Roger Lyons of the white collar union ASTMS and Peter Hain, speaking for the National League of Young Liberals.

pic7509. ‘Stop the Hangings in Zimbabwe’

Exiled Zimbabweans held a vigil to protest against the execution of guerrilla fighters in Zimbabwe on 9 November 1975. They held placards commemorating the 32 freedom fighters known to have been hanged by the illegal Smith regime. The vigil took place outside Rhodesia House after the Trafalgar Square rally organised by the AAM to mark the tenth anniversary of the white minority unilateral declaration of independence (UDI).

pic7505. Zimbabwe: UDI tenth anniversary

The crowd at a rally in Trafalgar Square to mark the tenth anniversary of UDI, held on 9 November 1975. Demonstrators called for an end to the execution of freedom fighters by the Smith regime. Speakers included Methodist minister David Haslam, Roger Lyons of the white collar union ASTMS and Peter Hain, speaking for the National League of Young Liberals.

zim18. ‘Crisis in Rhodesia’ public meeting

Leaflet publicising an AAM meeting on 12 May 1976 asking the British government to state that the execution of guerrilla fighters by the illegal Smith regime was murder. The meeting was disrupted by the far-right National Front.

zim19. ‘Zimbabwe Majority Rule Now’

In October 1976 a conference opened in Geneva to discuss new proposals for a settlement in Zimbabwe. This leaflet argued that the talks were designed to protect British and American interests in Southern Africa, rather than achieve majority rule. It called for tougher sanctions and support for the liberation movements.

gov12. Submission to Government Inquiry on Sanctions Busting by Shell and BP

In 1977 the British government set up the Bingham Inquiry into allegations that Shell and BP had supplied oil to Rhodesia in contravention of UN sanctions. This submission exposed Shell and BP’s sanctions busting operations. It asked the British government to press South Africa to allow international scrutiny of British-owned oil companies in South Africa. 

zim20. ‘Zimbabwe: What Now?’

Leaflet advertising a public meeting during the AAM Week of Action on Zimbabwe, 9–14 May 1977. The meeting was preceded by a picket of the Foreign Office to protest against the British government’s refusal to condemn the hanging of freedom fighters by the Smith regime.

zim21. Zimbabwe Week of Action, 9–14 May 1977

The AAM organised a Week of Action on Zimbabwe, 9–14 May 1977, to demand that the British government stop talking to the Smith regime and support the struggle of the liberation movements. Public meetings were organised in major centres and Shell and BP service stations were picketed to expose the way in which the companies were busting oil sanctions. This leaflet was produced by the Zimbabwe Ad Hoc Campaign, a coalition of groups campaigning on Zimbabwe.