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Poster - 'Smash Apartheid, Close the Racist [South African] Embassy'

1995.0038.0036

Poster - 'Smash Apartheid, Close the Racist [South African] Embassy'

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Physical description

A printed red poster titled 'Smash Apartheid / CLOSE THE RACIST EMBASSY'. It features a black and white photographic image of the South African Embassy. Below the photograph of the embassy is a black and white image of people using batons in a violent encounter.

Statement of significance

The 'Kerry Browning collection' comprises protest material relating to the South African Liberation centre. It includes photographs, banners, placards and posters and is significant in terms of Australia's place in the anti-apartheid movement. Although Australia has never broken diplomatic relations with South Africa it is clear that many Australians found South African apartheid unacceptable and were prepared to go to great lengths to articulate their objection to its continued existence

The nature of protest in Australia has changed in the 1980s and 1990s. The anti apartheid campaigns can demonstrate the AFP's changing interpretation of police powers in relation to the acts governing unlawful assembly, summary offences, disorderly conduct, public nuisance and similar legislation invoked when dealing with public protest.

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