Blacks and whites in Mozambique moved closer towards confrontation on Monday (9 September) following the signing of the Lusaka agreement guaranteeing independence for the Portuguese colony.
Blacks and whites in Mozambique moved closer towards confrontation on Monday (9 September) following the signing of the Lusaka agreement guaranteeing independence for the Portuguese colony. In the capital Lourence Marques right wing whites took ever the radio station and called on other whites to support them. The action was a mixture of naked defiance and carnival. While armed whites patrolled the building, street vendors plied their trade outside selling food to the hundreds of whites who gathered to show their support.
In Beira, to the north, tension is high and there were reports that shots have been exchanged. Other reports said there had been trouble near the predominantly black suburb of Munhava where cars had been stoned.
SYNOPSIS: In Beira, Mozambique, the Portuguese forces were called out an Monday following the actions of white right wingers in the country protesting ever independence for the colony.
The first few days following the signing of the Lusaka agreement between Portugal and leaders of Frelimo....the black independence guerrillas....were quiet. But later there was trouble as black and white headed towards confrontation.
But it was in the capital Lourence Marques that trouble first came to the boil. Whites took ever the city's radio station and appealed to other whites to support their action against the independence agreement. Hundreds marched to the station to show their support. They carried banners and chanted slogans condemning the Lisbon Government.
Armed whites steed on parapets around the building as below them the demonstration took on a carnival atmosphere with vendors selling food to the protestors.