Nearly 1,000 young Tanzanians marched through the streets of Dar Es Salaam on Monday (4 February) to the United States Embassy to protest against the presance of U.
Nearly 1,000 young Tanzanians marched through the streets of Dar Es Salaam on Monday (4 February) to the United States Embassy to protest against the presance of U.S. Naval Units in the Indian Ocean.
A similar demonstration was held outside the American Consulate in Zanzibar.
Placards carried by the demonstrators read: "Indian Ocean is a grave of U.S. Imperialism" end "U.S. Vultures out of the Indian Ocean".
The demonstration followed two protests by the Tanzanian Government over the presence of United State warships in the area. They arrived at the time of the October Middle East war. The U.S. Defence Department has announced that the American Seventh Fleet might be making visits to the Indian Ocean in future.
The decision early this year to send the nuclear-powered destroyer Bainbridge to the area also brought a strong protest from Tanzania that the United States was flouting the United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring the Indian Ocean a peace zone.
The previous evening (Sunday, 3 February) demonstrators chanted "Go Home" and shouted obeenities when the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas Home, arrived in Dar Es Salaam for talks aimed at improving relations between Britain and Tanzania.