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Remove all repressive laws now! / African National Congress. [London : ANC, 1990-1994?]

remove repressive laws This ANC poster was produced in the period between the release of Nelson Mandela and the unbanning of the ANC in 1990 and the country's first democratic elections in 1994. During this period negotiations aimed at ending the apartheid regime continued between the ANC and the ruling National Party, and it is in the context of these talks that the demand of this poster should be understood, though its production in London suggests that it may well have been aimed at influencing international opinion. Please click the image for an enlarged view of the poster.

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Women march to freedom / African National Congress. [S.l. : ANC, 1987]

march to freedom This poster, produced to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ANC, is likely to have been issued in conjunction with the second National Consultative Women's Conference, held in 1987. It indicates the important role played by black South African women in the struggle against apartheid. Please click the image for an enlarged view of the poster.

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African National Congress. [S.l. : ANC, n.d.]

anc This undated poster depicts both the flag and symbols of the African National Congress against the background of a mass march.The colours of the flag represent the people of South Africa (black), the land (green) and the mineral and natural wealth of the country (gold).The spear and the shield represent the armed resistance to first colonial rule and then apartheid, whilst the wheel symbolizes the common struggle of all the peoples of South Africa. The fist holding the spear is supposed to reflect the power of a united people. Please click the image for an enlarged view of the poster.

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The beast of Bisho : Gqozo must go! / issued by the African National Congress, Congress of South African Trade Unions and South African Communist Party.[S.l. : ANC, 1992]

beast of bisho This poster refers to the massacre at Bisho on September 7th 1992, when troops opened fire on an ANC march. 28 protesters and one soldier were killed. Oupa Gqozo was the military leader of the Ciskei, of which Bisho was the capital under its status as a 'homeland'. It was against his refusal to give up the Ciskei's independence and participate in negotiations leading to a non-racial constitution that the march was directed, and it was allegedly he that gave the order to the troops to fire.The ANC, SACP and COSATU formed a tripartite alliance in the struggle against apartheid, an alliance that continues now that the ANC is in power. Please click the image for an enlarged view of the poster.

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There shall be peace and friendship : forward to freedom in South Africa / African National Congress.[S.l. : ANC, n.d.]

peace and friendship This slogans on this undated poster are taken from the ANC's Freedom Charter, a declaration of principles originally produced in 1955, and regularly re-issued throughout the apartheid era. A copy of this charter in PDF format can be found here. Please click the image for an enlarged view of the poster.

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