1980-1989 | Backing Apartheid

Thatcher insists she can’t meet the ‘terrorist’ A.N.C.

17 October 1987 On 17 October 1987, at a press conference at the Vancouver Commonwealth Summit, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher called the African National Congress ‘a typical terrorist organisation,’ adding that she would have ‘nothing to do with any organisation that practices violence. I have never seen anyone from the ANC or the PLO or…

1980-1989 | Backing dictatorships | Pakistan

Margaret Thatcher toasts Pakistan’s dictator Zia

8 October 1981 On 8 October 1981 British prime minister Margaret Thatcher attended a banquet hosted by Pakistan’s military dictator, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.  In an after dinner speech, she urged other governments to join her’s in supporting the regime, which Britain was already supplying with a large amount of weaponry.  She finished by proposing a…

1980-1989 | Backing Apartheid | Backing repressive regimes

Thatcher welcomes Apartheid leader P.W. Botha

2 June 1984 On 2 June 1984, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greeted the apartheid leader of South Africa, P.W. Both, at her official country estate at Chequers.  An estimated 40,000 protesters, furious at the government’s implicit endorsement of the regime, took to the streets of central London. Contrary to subsequent assertions, there is absolutely no…

1980-1989 | Afghanistan | Backing terror operations

11 MARCH

THATCHER WELCOMES TERROR LEADER ABDUL HAQ AT DOWNING STREET [ 11 March 1986 ] On 11 March 1986, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher invited Mujahideen terror leader Abdul Haq to Downing Street where she welcomed him and they posed together for a photograph. Haq was head of Hizb-I-Islami or the Party of Islam. He made it clear that he didn’t care…