INTRODUCTION: In Britain the Anti-Apartheid movement organised rallies in London and Glasgow over the weekend ( 5 and 6 March) condemning investment in South Africa and supporting African nationalist movements.
INTRODUCTION: In Britain the Anti-Apartheid movement organised rallies in London and Glasgow over the weekend ( 5 and 6 March) condemning investment in South Africa and supporting African nationalist movements. On Saturday (5 March) about 5000 people marched through the streets of Glasgow,s city centre to a rally addressed by Mr Duma Nokwe, Secretary-General for Foreign Relations of t he Africa National Congress -- an organisation banned in South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: In London on Sunday (6 March) about 2,5000 demonstrators walked the three miles (5 kilometres) from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square. Their route took them through Oxford Street, the capital's busiest shopping throughfare -- and leading the marchers were Mr Nokwe, Namibian official Mishake Muyongo, World Council of Churches representative Pauline Webb, Labour MP's Joan Lestor and Neil Kinnock and Anti-Apartheid Movement Secretary Abdul Minty.
In a demonstration manifesto the Anti-Apartheid Movement called on the British government to make major changes in its policy towards South Africa. It maintains that the existing arms embargo is "full of loopholes" and that South Africa continues to obtain a wide range of military equipment from Britain. The Movement is urging the British government to introduce a stricter embargo and to support a United Nations mandatory arms embargo. It also alleges that Britain contributes 60 per cent of all foreign investment in South Africa and that this should cease.
Overlooked by South Africa House in Trafalgar Square the demonstrators head several speakers, among them Vice Chairman of the National Executive of the ruling Labour Party Joan Lestor, who said that apartheid was "very lucrative means of making a profit". The movement is planning a series of further protest which include an all-day vigil outside South Africa House, a conference on political repression in South Africa and a "Week of Action" on Zimbabwe -- Rhodesia.