UCT Student Protests (1985-7) against State of Emergency by Elle Aiello

Elle Aiello completed this interactive documentary for FAM3007S Designing Interactions.

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Elle Aiello conducted archival research at UCT Special Collections and put together this timeline documenting student anti-apartheid protests at UCT (1985-7).
Student protests at UCT increased dramatically in the 1980s. Many students opposed then Prime Minister P.W. Botha, and were particularly incensed by the declaration of two states of emergency in South Africa, which gave the government near limitless power to persecute its opponents. Many students also supported the End Conscription Campaign, which campaigned against the conscription of all white South African men into military service in the South African Defence Force.

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