Britain's anti-Apartheid movement have called on the Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, to enforce a?
Britain's anti-Apartheid movement have called on the Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, to enforce a total embargo against South Africa. In a Letter presented to Mr. Heath at his official Downing Street residence on Saturday (July 18), the movement said that by resuming arms sales to South Africa the British Government will be assisting in what it called "the preservation of white supremacy there".
Eight of the demonstrators had fasted in Whitehall for twenty-four hours. There were about 100 demonstrators parading with banners near Downing Street as the letter was handed in by Lord Soper and the Bishop of Stepney, Doctor Trevor Huddleston - leaders of the deputation.
The letter added: "We ask that the Government stand by the U.N. Security Council's resolution and strengthen their application by enforcing a total arms embargo against South Africa. We believe that Britain should rather support the struggle for democracy currently being waged in Southern Africa."
The newly elected Conservative Government's decision in principle to resume the supply of certain types of arms to South Africa is expected to be announced in Parliament on Monday (July 20).
Throughout its six years in Opposition the Conservatives have persisted in their conviction that it is Britain's duty to play a dominant role in protecting sea lanes linking Britain with the world.
There were angry scenes around Downing Street as demonstrators and their opponents clashed in verbal battles. There were police on hand, but generally the scene was orderly.
Meanwhile, at the Hawker Siddley Aviation plant at Woodford in north-west England, a security network was in operation following a series of sabotage raids on the new supersonic Nimrod Marine Reconnaissance aircraft.
Several foreign Governments, including South Africa, have shown interest in the Nimrod, which is designed mainly as a submarine hunter.
A spokesman for the Hawker Siddeley firm said that four separate attacks had been made on powerlines in the three million sterling planes.