Britain's Pearce Commission, in Rhodesia to test the acceptability of the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement, continued their investigations in african rural areas this week.
GV & CU Pressmen outside hall
GV Crowds of Africans arrive
CU Commissioners Frost (nearest) & Blaine wait
GV Crowd sit down
CU African tribal-policeman
CU White policemen
CU Africans holding up "NO" placards
SV Chiefs seated
CU PAN Chief Mukarakate
SCU Blaine & Frost shake hands with Chief Mangwande
SV & BV Africans seated listening to interpreter speaking from beside Commissioner Blaine on balcony (4 shots)
SV Commissioner Frost explains constitution
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Crowd chanting "NO"
SV PAN Africans leaving meeting still shouting
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Background: Britain's Pearce Commission, in Rhodesia to test the acceptability of the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement, continued their investigations in african rural areas this week. Generally, Commission members were reported to have met with a massive rejection of the proposed settlement -- as shown in this film, shot in the Mrewa Tribal Trust lands during a Commission hearing.
SYNOPSIS: In Rhodesia, members of the British Pearce Commission investigating the acceptability of the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement, continued their hearings in African rural areas. The meetings were conducted in relative calm, in contrast to previous violent riots in which at least 14 Africans died under police gunfire. For a massive show of force by police and troops appeared, for the time being, to have silenced the protestors. Earlier, the settlement terms were rejected by eight African members of the Rhodesian Parliament, and in dozens of other hearings throughout the country it is reported that Commission members have met with a massive "no" from Africans generally.
Here in the African Tribal Trust land of Mrewa, 60 miles from Salisbury the Rhodesian capital, it seemed to be another "no". Local chiefs and their villagers, mainly subsistence farmers tilling a living from the dry, dusty lands set aside for African, usage, refused to be split into small groups for the hearings. Instead, the crowd of about a thousand insisted it be addressed a one group. Eventually, the Commission members agreed -- and speaking to the crowd through an interpreter, explained the proposed settlement. It appeared, however, that the crowd was already familiar with the terms.