From Apartheid to Democracy: the Role of International Solidarity
Public Meeting: Tuesday 10th July, 7.30 pm: Hall 2, Colston Hall, Bristol
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ANC – Africa’s oldest liberation movement. To mark that event, From Apartheid to Democracy: the role of international solidarity, aims to both explore the nature of international solidarity and celebrate the role it played in defeating apartheid. Bristol had the largest anti-apartheid group in Britain.
The meeting is being organised by Bristol ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa), the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement, in conjunction with Bristol Trades Council, Cuba Solidarity, Palestine Solidarity, Stop the War, and the Troops Out Movement. It will provide an opportunity for those organisations to highlight their campaigns and identify the links between different acts of solidarity.
The keynote address will be given by Ronnie Kasrils, key ANC, SACP, and Umkhonto we Sizwe stalwart. Ronnie is also an ex-South African government minister and UN special representative as well as remaining an activist.
Following Ronnie’s address there will a panel discussion with representatives of the partner organisations fielding questions and comments from the audience.
The event will be opened by the Bristol Red Notes Socialist Choir and will also be the launch of London Recruits – the secret war against apartheid– a book exploring the undercover role many people from Britain played in overcoming apartheid – edited by Ken Keable, who now lives in Somerset, and with a forward by Ronnie Kasrils.
It tells how, from 1967 onwards, the London exile community of the African National Congress began recruiting young, white, non-South African men and women to go on secret missions to help the anti-apartheid cause. Some of the ‘recruits’ have recently returned from a visit to South Africa where they took back original false-bottomed suitcase used to smuggle thousands of ANC/SACP leaflets into South Africa for distribution by leaflet bomb. Many of the devices used by the recruits were developed by South African exile and Bristol ACTSA member, Ronnie Press, when he lived in Bristol.
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Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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