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    Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith has said Rhodesia will face a fight to the finish with nationalist guerrillas if the bilateral government's plans for majority rule fail.

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    Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith has said Rhodesia will face a fight to the finish with nationalist guerrillas if the bilateral government's plans for majority rule fail. He made this prediction on Monday (15 January) in the township of Centenary.

    SYNOPSIS: Centenary is in rich tobacco growing country, about half way between Salisbury and the Mozambique border. Mr. Smith's visit was part of a campaign tour for a "yes" vote in the referendum on January the thirtieth, when the white electorate votes on the new majority rule constitution. Six years ago, an attack on a homestead near Centenary launched the guerrilla war. Of late, the area around here has been relatively free of guerrilla attacks.

    The farmers are tense and worried. One location where Mr. Smith could expect to find hostility to the idea of black rule is the Centenary Country Club...where farmers, their wives and children gathered. There was an audience of around 150, bristling with sidearms rifles and automatic weapons. He said he had reason to hope that western powers would recognise the mainly black government, but if it ultimately failed they'd have to fight it out. It was impossible for him to guarantee success for the transition.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4SJNIFISI5BAF01IXD7JXHZA6
    Media URN:
    VLVA4SJNIFISI5BAF01IXD7JXHZA6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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