Created: Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:02
Written by Susan Davidson
Youth Activism and Solidarity: The Non-Stop Picket Against Apartheid
Gavin Brown and Helen Yaffe
Routledge Spaces of Childhood and Youth Series, 2017,
ISBN 978-1-138-82886-5, 244pp, £105
This publication is timely and important for those who want to struggle against political and economic power today. The bulk of the book is made up of contributions from participants of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African (SA) Embassy in London in the 1980s and is a record of the picket through interviews with 90 of the individuals involved, including regular supporters, solicitors, members of parliament and retired police officers. The authors also had access to the privately held archives of City AA and thank Carol Brickley and her comrades who helped look after the papers over the last two decades and the Revolutionary Communist Group for providing access to them.
The four-year Non-Stop Picket of the SA Embassy in London’s Trafalgar Square was an unsurpassed event in British politics. From April 1986 until February 1990, the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group (City AA) pledged to sustain a continuous protest until Nelson Mandela was freed from prison. This they did.
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