A rally in Dar es-Salaam on Thursday (26 August) market the tenth anniversary of the campaign for the liberation of Namibia (South West Africa) by the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).
CU PAN DOWN TANU Youth emblem on building.
SV Crowd clapping and cheering
SV PAN ALONG Diplomats and TANU Youth League leaders seated.
SV Mr. Mark Shope standing and waving fist.
CU Poster marking 10 years of armed struggle by SWAPO in Namibia.
SV Soldiers in crowd listening to speech (2 shots)
SV Mr. Shops speaking.
SV Crowd listening and cheering. (2 shots)
The South African government has convened a constitutional conference on the future of Namibia in the territory's capital, Windhoek. SWAPO is not represented at the conference, which shortly before it adjourned last week announced 31 December, 1978, as the provisional date for the territory's full independence from South Africa. Almost immediately SWAPO rejected the date. Meanwhile, the threat of Soviet and Cuban military aid is causing the United States particular concern. The US Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has warned of the possibility of growing conflict and escalation, should such aid take the from of Cuban soldiers fighting alongside SWAPO guerrillas. The SWAPO leadership has declared that the only independence acceptable is that achieved without South African domination or control.
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Background: A rally in Dar es-Salaam on Thursday (26 August) market the tenth anniversary of the campaign for the liberation of Namibia (South West Africa) by the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).
SYNOPSIS: The rally was organised by the youth wing of the ruling Tanganyika African National Union (TANU). The meeting took place as SWAPO leaders announced plans to intensify their guerrilla war in Namibia. A statement issued by the leadership said SWAPO had asked for Cuban and Soviet military aid to liberate the South African controlled United Nations trust territory.
Several speakers addressed the rally including Mr. Mark Shope, the Mark Shope, the Political Commissioner of the African National Congress of South Africa. He expressed solidarity with the SWAPO campaign and attacked the South African government's own plans for eventual independence. The situation throughout southern African and SWAPO's call for Soviet and Cuban aid is causing concern to many governments.