Danish Anti-Apartheid Movement

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Alternate Names: Africa Contact, Afrika Kontakt, Anti Apartheid Komiteen, National Committee on South Africa Action, Landskomiteen Sydafrika Aktion, Sydafrikakomiteen, South Africa Contact
Duration: 1978 - current
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark


The Danish Anti-Apartheid Movement (DAAM) was founded in 1978 by a number of Danish political parties, trade unions and other organizations in order to unite the efforts against colonialism and suppression in Southern Africa. DAAM fought for 30 years against apartheid in South Africa. Following the liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the work increasingly broadened in focus to include the fight against apartheid in South Africa and Namibia. For many years, DAAM worked for an economic and cultural boycott of the white apartheid regime in South Africa. DAAM organized boycotts of South Africa fruit and wine. DAAM campaigned for Denmark should recognize the South African liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC), and that Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners should be released. DAAM campaigned for sanctions against South Africa. At some point the name was changed to Africa Contact (Afrika Kontakt). Today Africa Contact still works against the legacy of centuries of oppression as a genuine grassroots organization. It supports the mobilization of people-driven movements in Africa and their and fight for economic, democratic and social rights. (Source: Hans Erik Stolten including the interview with him on this website.)