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pic7708. AAM march and rally, 6 March 1977

Trade union banners on a march to Trafalgar Square calling for an end to British arms sales to South Africa and a freeze on investment, 6 March 1977. 

pic7710. AAM march and rally, 6 March 1977

Southampton University Student Union banner on a march to Trafalgar Square calling for an end to British arms sales to South Africa and a freeze on investment, 6 March 1977. 

pic7702. AAM march and rally, 6 March 1977

Trade union banners on a march to Trafalgar Square calling for an end to British arms sales to South Africa and a freeze on investment, 6 March 1977.

pic7703. AAM march and rally, 6 March 1977

Labour MP Joan Lestor addressed an AAM rally in Trafalgar Square, 6 March 1977. She said that British firms invested in South Africa because cheap black labour produced high profit rates. Also on the platform (left to right) are AAM Chair Bob Hughes MP, Neil Kinnock MP, SWAPO representative Shapua Kaukungua, Joan Lestor MP, Pauline Webb from the Methodist Conference and AAM Hon. Secretary Abdul Minty.

pic7704. ‘No arms for apartheid’ petition

AAM Hon. Secretary Abdul Minty, Chair Bob Hughes MP and Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe delivered a petition to Labour Foreign Secretary David Owen on the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, 21 March 1977. It asked the British government to impose a strict British arms ban against South Africa and support a UN mandatory embargo. Next day Abdul Minty travelled to New York to represent the AAM at a special UN Security Council meeting on South Africa. The UN imposed a mandatory arms embargo against South Africa in November 1977.

pic7707. Hull AA Group picket Barclays

Hull AA Group picketed Barclays Bank in April 1977 as part of the long-running AAM campaign to force Barclays to withdraw from South Africa. Leafleting Barclays customers to persuade them to withdraw their accounts from Barclays was a regular activity for most local anti-apartheid groups during the 1970s and early 1980s. As a result of the campaign, Barclays Bank withdrew from South Africa in 1986.

pic7705. Conference against Repression, April 1977

Participants in a conference on Repression in Southern Africa organised by the AAM and Southern Africa the Imprisoned Society (SATIS) on 16 April 1977. Specialist groups discussed campaigning among lawyers, trade unionists, students, church people and journalists. Two groups focused on Zimbabwe and Namibia. Left to right: Rev Cecil Begbie, Nkosazana Dlamini, Horst Kleinschmidt, SWAPO representative Shapua Kaukungua and ZAPU representative Arthur Chadzingwa.

pic7719. ‘Free All Political Prisoners’, August 1977

In the year after the 1976 Soweto student uprising, many more people were detained by the South African police and brutally tortured. On 18 August 1977, as the number of people who died in detention continued to rise, a poster parade around Trafalgar Square was organised by Southern Africa the Imprisoned Society (SATIS). The parade was attended by over 300 people and successfully publicised the plight of those interned in detention centres and gaols in South Africa.