The first troops of the Mozambique Liberation Front -- Frelimo -- arrived int he capital of Lourenco Marques on Friday (13 September) to begin joint peacekeeping duties with Portuguese troops.
GV Crowds gathered at airport to welcome Frelimo troops.
LV PAN Troops entering trucks.
SV PAN Troops drive along streets in lorries.
TS along road past burnt out vehicles.
TS Convoy entering Lourenco Marques.
SV & CU People queueing at supermarket. (3 shots)
SV Smashed windows of looted shop.
GV PAN Inside looted store.
SV EXT. Smashed shop windows.
TV People boarding buses in square for escort to airport.
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Background: The first troops of the Mozambique Liberation Front -- Frelimo -- arrived int he capital of Lourenco Marques on Friday (13 September) to begin joint peacekeeping duties with Portuguese troops.
The first detachment of about 200 men was flown from the north of Mozambique by Portuguese transport aircraft.
The Frelimo troops began patrolling on Saturday. They will be used to keep peace in the black shanty towns where violence flared earlier in the week and at least 80 people died.
Portuguese troops will patrol white areas of the city as preparations continue for the hand-over of power to Frelimo, culminating in full independence next year.
On Sunday the Frelimo troops-- dressed in plain green fatigues with Russian rifles and Russian-style helmets -- joined Portuguese soldiers in handing out food in the black areas of the city. Many stores there were looted during the fighting.
The Frelimo leaders were expected to arrive in Mozambique early this week from Dar es Salaam where they had established their headquarters. Authorities in Lourenco Marques kept their arrival time secret to avoid further white extremist action.
More Frelimo troops have been arriving in the capital by air and sea since Friday.
At the same time many whites have ben leaving the country, many for South Africa. On Friday a group of whites gathered in a square in Lourenco Marques. There they boarded buses which drove in convoy, under escort, to the airport and boarded to connect with flights for Lisbon.