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I grew up in East London during the era of the National Front, the Anti Nazi League and the Free Nelson Mandela campaign. When I went to Bristol University I was shocked to see students wearing badges with “Hang Nelson Mandela” on them. One of these students (from the Federation of Conservative Students) was the son of a Cabinet member. I was shocked and joined a group of students protesting against extreme rightwing tory politicians being invited to speak at the University. They included Harvey Proctor and John Carlisle – both very ugly far-rightists.
Looking back at our student protests it makes me realise that had I tried to do such a thing in South Africa I would have probably been arrested – had I been black in South Africa I might well have been killed. I wonder whether I would have been prepared to protest under different circumstances.
Nelson Mandela RIP.