AWB, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Abbreviation formed on Afrikaans Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, ‘Afrikaner Resistance Movement’, Afrikaner (see Afrikaner noun sense 2 a) + weerstand resistance + linking phoneme -s- + beweging movement.
A militant, white, right-wing organization founded in 1973; a member of this organization. Also attributive, transferred sense, and combination AWB-type adjective. See also Stormvalk.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 17 Oct. 18The leader of the AWB is Mr Eugene Terreblanche, an ex-policeman.
1975 Sunday Times 23 Nov. 2The Afrikaner-Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement — AWB)..has been concentrating on infiltrating and recruiting supporters among police and defence officers.
1980 Survey of Race Rel. 1979 (S.A.I.R.R.) 16It was reported that the AWB aimed to scrap democracy and favoured a return to a boererepubliek...It claimed it intended becoming a political party.
1987 L. Wroughton in Pretoria News 15 June 6The AWB leader claims not to be a political party leader nor does he aim to become a representative in Parliament but rather a national movement alongside ‘his people’.
1988 Afr. Contemp. Rec. 1986–7 737Although there were no proven cases of the AWB having been involved in vigilante attacks on Black activists and White liberals, allegations were frequently made that its paramilitary [wing], the Brandwag, was behind such attacks.
1988 V. Khumalo in Pace May 17AWB-type treatment outside a Hillbrow all-night grill...A platteland punch that felt like it came from the bowels of earth clipped his eye which promptly ballooned inside its socket.
1990 T. Mathews et al. in Newsweek 19 Feb. 22Eugene Terre’Blanche, head of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, a white-supremacy group best known by its Afrikaans initials AWB, says, ‘We will restore law and order with force and create a state for the volk.’
1990 Sunday Times 12 Aug. 17An NP/ANC coalition will usurp all power and suppress the living daylights out of AWBs, PACs, CPs, Azapos, Democrats and anyone else who dares express a dissenting view.
1990 Weekend Post 18 Aug. 2The PAC was seen as an uncompromising, hard-line non-conciliatory party, referred to by a number of respondents as a ‘black AWB’.
A militant, white, right-wing organization founded in 1973; a member of this organization. Also attributive, transferred sense, and combinationAWB-typeadjective.
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