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16 AUGUST

THATCHER ADMONISHED FOR COLLUDING WITH APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

[ 16 August 1985 ]

On this day in 1985, Archbishop Trevor Huddleston reprimanded British prime minister Margaret Thatcher for propping up apartheid in South Africa. “If you persist in blocking sanctions in the EEC, the Commonwealth and the UN,” he wrote, “Britain will assume the role of No. 1 protector of apartheid in South Africa,” and he added: “There can be no moral justification for continuing to collaborate with the apartheid system.”[1]

FOOTNOTES

  1. Quoted in Elisabeth M. Williams, (2015). “The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa,” I.B. Tauris, London, p38

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