Although the new Portuguese government has expressed its readiness to end Portugal's Wars, military activities are still being kept at the same level in Mozambique.
Portuguese Cavalry patrol in Beira area, at Villa Pare
CU Automatic weapon on saddle ZOOM OUT TO GV horse and soldier
SV Cavalry move out to petrol rail line
SV Train in station at Beira
C???rain wheel turning
TRAVEL SHOT train through Siluvu station
SV Fireman stoking engine
SV ZOOM INTO CU armed guard on moving train
SV Portuguese cavalry patrol rail line(3 shots)
SV White house-holder visited by security forces (3 shots)
LV ZOOM INTO CU armoured car on patrol
SV Armoured vehicle driving over hill and down slope
GV Train (goods) entering Beira dock area
SV Dock porters moving cargo (2 shots)
SV Crranes off-loading ship cargo
SV Goods train through docks
GV INTERIOR Santos at press conference(3 shots)
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Background: Although the new Portuguese government has expressed its readiness to end Portugal's Wars, military activities are still being kept at the same level in Mozambique.
Leaders of the Fralimo guerrilla movement have said bluntly that unless Portugal accepts the principle of independences for Mozambique the war will go on.
The focus of military activities has been the vital rail link between Beire on the coast and the Rhodesian border. According to army estimates, there are now at least 1500 Frelimo guerrillas operating along the line in groups of five or ten men. In this way, they can move quickly over a large area and stage lightning strikes.
Cavalry detachmants from Portugal's 60,000-strong Mozambique Army patrol the line, and the trains carry soldiers. But this has not stopped the guerrilla attacks. In a recent incident, a Rhodesia-bound coach was hit by machine-gun fire and twelve people were killed.
A Portuguese army officer has admitted that the army can do little except keep the railway lines and roads open. The Mozambique officers have not yet followed the example of military leaders in Angola who have reduced operations in an effort to encourage guerrillas to negotiate, but Dr. Antonio de Almeida Santos, the new Portuguese Minister responsible for the African Territories, said on a recent fact-finding tour that army operations were now mainly defensive and would continue until a truce was achiaved.