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South African Apartheid Remembered in New Dublin Exhibit

Posted: May. 7th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Irish against apartheid exhibit
Eric Luke

Though South Africa's apartheid might seem like a local issue for reflection and remembrance, the truth of the matter is that people around the world were affected by the segregationist laws (to obviously varying degrees) and an exhibit in Dublin has opened up to celebrate the anti-apartheid movement in, of all places, Ireland.

An estimated 10,000 Irish people were involved in the former anti-apartheid campaign, South African ambassador to Ireland Azwindini Jeremiah Dingaan Ndou said last night.

“Among the groups who joined in the campaigns were the famous Dunnes Stores strikers, the trade unions, students, artists and performers who gave up lucrative opportunities to perform in South Africa, ’’ he added. “The list is endless.’’

Mr Ndou was speaking at the official opening of an exhibition of photographs and text at City Hall in Dublin, marking the activities of the Irish Anti- Apartheid Movement, which was founded in 1964. The exhibition will remain open to the public until Friday.


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