• Short Summary

    THE RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR. SMITH, GAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ABOUT?

  • Description

    1.
    SV. SMITH AT DESK
    0.07

    2.
    CU. SMITH QUESTIONED, ANSWERS
    1.04

    3.
    CU. INTERVIEWER (SOUND DOWN)
    1.10

    4.
    SV. SMITH ANSWERS
    2.08


    TRANSCRIPT:



    SEQ. 2: SMITH: "THE WHOLE BASIS IS THAT WE HOPE WE CAN GET PEOPLE EVENTUALLY TO SEE SENSE. WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS SENSE. WHEN WE SEE HOW THONGS HAVE GONE IN COUNTRIES TO THE NORTH OF US,UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF BRITAIN, AND IT WOULD SEEM THE WESTERN WORLD HAS INSISTED ON, THEN WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT CORRECT. I HAVE NO HESITATION IN SAYING THAT WE WILL, OF COURSE, FIGHT THIS BITTERLY IF INDEPENDENCE MEANS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A CEREMONY HERE WITH SOME POOR UNFORTUNATE MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY COMING OUT TO PULL DOWN THE UNION JACK, THEN AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED, AND THE AVERAGE RHODESIAN, THAT WILL BE OVER OUR DEAD BODIES."



    SEQ. 3: SMITH: "I THINK THERE IS REALLY AN EASY ANSWER TO THIS ONE. IN THE FIRST PLACE THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF INTIMIDATION, AND THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO INTIMIDATION. THEY ARE STILL VERY PRIMITIVE AND IF THE WITCH DOCTOR SAYS THEY MUSTN'T VOTE, THEN THEY DON'T VOTE. AND IF YOU COME ALONG AND SAY, FOR SOME REASON OR OTHER 'YOU SHOULDN'T VOTE' THEY ARE INCLINED TO ACCEPT THAT. WHEREAS WITH EUROPEANS FOR EXAMPLE, YOURSELF AND MYSELF, THERE IS NOTHING THAT WOULD MAKE ME MORE DETERMINED TO VOTE, THAN IF SOMEBODY TRIED TO INTIMIDATE ME AGAINST VOTING. BUT THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE AFRICA PEOPLE, IN FACT QUITE THE REVERSE."



    "AGAIN, THERE WAS A GREAT RUSH TO GET THESE PEOPLE ONTO THE ROLL A FEW YEARS AGO. YOU KNOW MANY OF THEM WERE PUT ON WHO SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PUT ON, WITH THE RESULT THAT THEY CANNOT BE FOUND NOW."



    "THIRDLY, I BELIEVE THAT THE AFRICANS ARE NOT INTERESTED. THIS IS OUT WESTERN SYSTEM. THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP UNDER THE TRIBAL STRUCTURE WITH CHIEFS AND HEADMEN AND QUITE FRANKLY, I DON'T THINK THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED IN OUR WESTERN SYSTEM OF VOTING."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR. SMITH, GAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ABOUT THE REFERENDUM ON INDEPENDENCE. HE WAS ASKED FIRST WHAT WAS THE BASIS FOR FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS WITH BRITAIN:
    HE WAS THEN ASKED HOW HE WOULD EXPLAIN THE BOYCOTT OF THE REFERENDUM BY SOME 11,000 AFRICANS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3IRBUBPKGIOW5UQW79L4NNKDG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3IRBUBPKGIOW5UQW79L4NNKDG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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