Six days after his release from a year's political detention in Gwelo Prison, Southern Rhodesia, fifty-five year old Dr Hastings Banda, the Nyasaland Nationalist leader, flew into London Airport April 7 to appear on a commercial television programme.
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CU Placard "Welcome Dr. Banda"
LV Banda down steps of plane
SV Banda being greeted
SV Banda walking past
CU Placards "Stop Massacre"
LV Banda towards, followed by crowd
CU Banda pushing through crowd with police
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SV Crowd around car
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Background: Six days after his release from a year's political detention in Gwelo Prison, Southern Rhodesia, fifty-five year old Dr Hastings Banda, the Nyasaland Nationalist leader, flew into London Airport April 7 to appear on a commercial television programme.
Pushed and jostled by a throng of journalists intent on interviewing him, Dr. Banda refused to say or do anything except smile.
A crowd of Africans, carrying protest banners bearing an assortment of slogans, were disappointed when police hustled Dr. Banda to a waiting car and quickly despatched him to his London hotel. A spokesman said "We are incensed. We have been prevented from giving Dr. Banda a hero's welcome".
Before leaving Chileka Airport, Nyasaland, April 6, enroute for Nairobi and then London, Dr. Banda told a huge multitude of supporters that Britain's Colonial Secretary, Mr. Iain Macleod, was a "very great man and a great Christian gentleman". Continuing his speech - from the back of a lorry - he said if it had been left to the British Government and people there who knew him, he would have been a free man much sooner.
Dr. Banda told them he was going to London for talks with friends, not for constitutional negotiations with the British Government. "I shall only be in London until April 12. Then I leave for New York where other friends have asked me to go".
Hailed as a "Messiah" and a "Liberator" when he returned to Nyasaland two years ago after about forty years' voluntary exile, mostly in the United States and Britain, Dr. Banda was arrested March 3, 1959, under a State of Emergency declared a few days earlier after sporadic rioting.