A just defiance-book launch in London 7-March

Date: Monday 7th March, 6.30pm
Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS, Thornhaugh St, London WC1H0XG



  • Peter Harris (Author of ‘A Just Defiance’)


  • Rt. Hon Peter Hain MP


  • Richard Dowden (Director of the Royal African Society)

Event description:

1987, Pretoria four young black men have just been arrested for a horrific string of political murders.

There’s no doubt that they’re guilty of everything they’re accused of – and more. But in a society driven by brutal repression and racial tensions, are they assassins or freedom fighters? Peter Harris is the lawyer called upon to defend them.

In gripping prose, Harris intercuts the story of their trial with flashbacks to the squad’s operations to reveal a campaign planned with cold-blooded brilliance and carried out with deadly efficiency. The theme of political justification of violence runs through the book.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

Source: Royal African Society

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