• Short Summary

    After a week's fighting in Luanda, the Angolan capital, the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) seemed to be in control of most area of the city.

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    After a week's fighting in Luanda, the Angolan capital, the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) seemed to be in control of most area of the city.

    During that week, as the MPLA battled for supremacy with the Zaire-based National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA), at least 300 people have been killed and 1,000 wounded -- bringing total dead during Angolan fighting to over 2,500.

    As the MPLA tightened its grip on the capital, the movement's troops occupied the main FNLA headquarters. But today (20 July) 600 men of the FNLA were reported to be holding out in a sixteenth century fort overlooking Luanda harbour -- and bitter fighting still continued in this sector.

    Even in parts of the capital where the fighting had died down, the situation remained tense with reports of column of FNLA supporters heading Luanda to relieve the beleaguered fort and perhaps even lay siege to the city.

    At the same time, three companies of Portuguese troops were being flown from Lisbon to Luanda to reinforce the garrison in the colony, which is due to become independent in November. In Lisbon, leaders met in emergency session to discuss the situation.

    The only Portuguese leader missing was Foreign Minister Ernesto Melo Antunes, who had made a special trip to Luanda to try and work out a ceasefire. One of his first meetings was with MPLA leader Agostinho Neto -- discounting reports that the Angolan poet and revolutionary had been replaced as head of the movement by his military chief.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1C7BAIJ0AHC7B15F7PWPI8CL7
    Media URN:
    VLVA1C7BAIJ0AHC7B15F7PWPI8CL7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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