Story: Public protest

Moscow Olympic boycott

Moscow Olympic boycott

Following the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, New Zealand joined a United States-led Western nation boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. The government put considerable pressure on New Zealand athletes not to go. The cartoonist contrasts the government’s promotion of the boycott with its support for growing trade with the Soviets.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-157-030
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Pickets, blockades and boycotts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015