Photos of anarchist/ syndicalist banners at the WSSD protests, Johannesburg, 2002

Local anarchists, including from BMC (Gauteng), attended the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, under UN auspices, from 26 August-4 September 2002. BMC was part of the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF), and would have marched with the big APF contingent. The march saw probably the largest ever single procession by the “new social movements” that emerged post-apartheid: these were centred on wretched township conditions and neo-liberal municipal reforms; many of the movements were linked through bodies like the APF coalition; the “new social movement” procession was perhaps 10,000-strong. Note: the images show, again, how poor ordinary digital photos were those days.

Gathering in a township
In Sandton, near the conference centre.