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Non-Stop for Mandela: reflections on London’s four-year continuous protest for his release Dezembro 6, 2013

Posted by paulo jorge vieira in Uncategorized.

Non-Stop Against Apartheid

Nelson Mandela’s death has been announced tonight (5 December 2013). Although this news is not unexpected, its impact on people around the world will be significant, not least for those who maintained a four-year protest for his release in central London. In the late 1980s the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group [City Group] kept a constant vigil outside South Africa House in Trafalgar Square calling for the release of Nelson Mandela.  The Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy became a feature of London’s landscape and an iconic image of global, grassroots opposition to apartheid.

Since July 2011, Gavin Brown and Helen Yaffe from the Geography Department at the University of Leicester have been researching the history of the Non-Stop Picket with funding from the Leverhulme Trust.  This article draws on our archival research and interviews with former participants in the Non-Stop Picket, considering the actions they took in support of Nelson Mandela and…

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