• Short Summary

    A MOVEMENT HAS BEEN STARTED IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA, BY AFRICANS TO PRESENT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH A MILLION SIGNATURES DENOUNCING INDEPENDENCE FOR SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

  • Description

    A MOVEMENT HAS BEEN STARTED IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA, BY AFRICANS TO PRESENT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH A MILLION SIGNATURES DENOUNCING INDEPENDENCE FOR SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

    LEADERS OF THE MOVEMENT, CALLED THE ANTI-MINORITY INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT, WERE CANVASSING FOR SIGNATURES THIS WEEKEND IN THE HIGHFIELD TOWNSHIP, NEAR SALISBURY.

    THE MOVEMENT FOLLOWS RECENT EFFORTS BY MR WINSTON FIELD, PRIME MINISTER OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA, TO GAIN THE COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE. HE ASKED MR. R.A. BUTLER, BRITISH MINISTER FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN AFFAIRS, FOR AN ASSURANCE THAT SOUTHERN RHODESIA WOULD BE GRANTED FULL INDEPENDENCE NOT LATER THAN THE DATE ON WHICH ANY OF THE OTHER TERRITORIES OF THE FEDERATION SECEDED, OR WAS GRANTED INDEPENDENCE.

    M. R.A. BUTLER GAVE NO ASSURANCE. ANSWERING QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, HE TOLD M.P.'S THAT THE REQUEST WOULD HAVE TO AWAIT A LATER CONFERENCE. HE SAID THAT BRITAIN ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE THAT THE THREE TERRITORIES WOULD PROCEED TO INDEPENDENCE, BUT IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WHILE SOUTHERN RHODESIA REMAINED IN THE FEDERATION, WHICH WAS NOT ITSELF INDEPENDENT.

    (THE 400,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES - 248,000 SQUARE MILES) - TERRITORY OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA IS PART OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN FEDERATION FORMED 10 YEARS AGO TO LINK THE TERRITORIES OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA, A BRITAIN COLONY, AND THE TWO BRITISH PROTECTORATES OF NORTHERN RHODESIA AND NYASALAND.

    (OBJECTIONS FROM THE AFRICAN MAJORITY INHABITANTS OF NORTHERN RHODESIA AND NYASALAND LED FIRST TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO GIVE NYASALAND THE RIGHT TO SECEDE FROM THE FEDERATION, AND MORE RECENTLY TO GIVE NORTHERN RHODESIA THE SAME RIGHT.)
    (WITH THESE DECISIONS THE BREAK-UP OF THE FEDERATION WAS CERTAIN, AND MR WINSTON FIELD, THE SOUTHERN RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER, IMMEDIATELY APPLIED FOR INDEPENDENCE FOR SOUTHERN RHODESIA, WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 250,000 WHITE PEOPLE, AND AN AFRICAN POPULATION OF ABOUT THREE MILLION.

    (THERE ARE NO AFRICANS IN THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1RP9IY0XK7SS4QAE78Q8HMEZG
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RP9IY0XK7SS4QAE78Q8HMEZG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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