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An exciting new project plans to convert the former London office of the African National Congress in Penton Street, Islngton into a Centre of Memory and Learning about the anti-apartheid solidarity movement. The project has been launched by the Liliesleaf Trust UK, working with the AAM Archives Committee and other groups. It has won support from the GLA’s Good Growth Fund and now needs to raise matched funding to convert the building into an exhibition and educational centre. Plans are currently on hold because of the Coronovirus crisis.
The peaceful demonstration against the rugby Springboks game against Swansea on 15 November 1969 erupted into violence when vigilantes attacked student protesters. Police stood by while so-called rugby supporters inflicted horrific injuries on demonstrators trying to stop the game. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50422755 for contemporary film and photos of the demo, including fascinating new interviews with the Swansea skipper and Springbok Vice-Captain looking back on the tour.
Fifty years ago the Anti-Apartheid Movement won its first big victory with the cancellation of the Springbok cricket tour scheduled for June 1970. A new pamphlet ‘Apartheid is Not a Game’ by Geoff Brown and Christian Hogsbjerg tells how direct action against the Springbok rugby tour in 1969-70 organised by the Stop the Seventy Tour campaign led to the ban on South Africa’s all-white cricket team. The pamphlet is available from Bookmarks, https://bookmarksbookshop.co.uk. Price: £4