• Short Summary

    RESERVE POLICE UNITS STOOD GUARD ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN RHODESIA DEC 9, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT BANNED THE AFRICAN NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

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    RESERVE POLICE UNITS STOOD GUARD ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN RHODESIA DEC 9, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT BANNED THE AFRICAN NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT BAN WAS MADE BY THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR EDGAR WHITEHEAD. SPECIAL BROADCASTS HAVE CALLED-UP TERRITORIAL TROOPS TO PATROL AFRICAN TOWNSHIPS.

    IN BULAWAYO A CROWD OF NDP SUPPORTERS DEMONSTRATED WITH PLACARDS OUTSIDE THE MAGISTRATES COURT, BUT THEY WERE SOON DISPERSED BY THE POLICE. AFRICAN POLICEMEN WERE POSTED OUTSIDE THE NDP HEADQUARTERS IN THE CITY TO PREVENT ANY MEETINGS INSIDE THE BUILDING. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ANYONE FOUND WITH A PARTY CARD IN HIS POSSESSION WILL BE ARRESTED.

    THIS ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT FOLLOWED A THREE-DAY NATION WIDE CAMPAIGN BY THE NDP AGAINST THE NEW SOUTHERN RHODESIAN CONSTITUTION. DURING THE DEMONSTRATIONS 200 AFRICANS WERE ARRESTED IN BULAWAYO FOR REFUSING TO DISPERSE. IN SALISBURY ONE AFRICAN WAS KILLED WITH 14 WOUNDED DURING A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE OFFICES OF THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER. ANOTHER 645 WERE DETAINED.

    DURING HIS BROADCAST SIR EDGAR SAID THAT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS THE NDP HAS SHOWN A "STEADY DRIFT FROM DEMOCRATIC STANDARDS TOWARDS VIOLENT COURSES. THOSE WHO REMEMBER THE RISE OF THE NAZI REGIME WILL RECOGNISE THE SYMPTOMS".

    AFRICAN LEADERS IN THE COUNTRY HAVE REACTED TO THE BAN BY THREATENING TO CALL A GENERAL STRIKE ON DEC 11. THE AFRICAN TRADES UNION CONGRESS HAS DEMANDED THAT THE BAN BE LIFTED WITHOUT DELAY. THEY HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL SUPPORT THE STRIKE CALL.

    UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION THAT AFRICAN POPULATION OF ABOUT TWO-AND-A-QUARTER-MILLION WILL RECEIVE 15 SEATS OUT OF 65 IN AN ENLARGED PARLIAMENT. AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BY THE AFRICAN AND EUROPEAN LEADERS AT THE SALISBURY CONSTITUTION TALKS BUT LATER THE NDP PRESIDENT, MR. MKOMO, WITHDREW HIS SUPPORT AND DEMANDED AN ELECTION BASED ON ADULT SUFFRAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA118XXDWPJB2A5Z9HXO0TPMLPX
    Media URN:
    VLVA118XXDWPJB2A5Z9HXO0TPMLPX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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