Britain's Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, called for a report on Wednesday (11 July) from?
Britain's Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, called for a report on Wednesday (11 July) from Britain's consul-General in Lawrence Marques about the allegations by a Roman Catholic priest of the massacre of Wiriyamu, an unmapped village in the east African territory of Mozambique.
The priest is 44-year-old Father Adrian Hastings of the College of Ascension in Birmingham (UK). He claims he has detailed evidence of the slaughter last December by Portuguese troops of several hundred people, and at a news conference in London on Wednesday, he defended his report.
But the Portuguese Embassy in London claimed on Wednesday that the report was not right...that it was a campaign to disrupt the visit to Britain of Portugal's Prime Minister Dr. Marcello Caetano.
Already, plans are in hand for a series of protests and demonstrations during and before the four-day visit of the Prime Minister. On Sunday (15 July), the eve of the Prime Minister's visit, a mass rally and march is being organised by the Committee for Freedom in Mozambique.
In an interview at the Portuguese Embassy in London, Second Secretary Carlos Damotta said the report was without foundation.