• Short Summary

    THE INAUGURAL CONGRESS OF RHODESIA'S ONLY OPPOSITION PARTY, THE MULTIRACIAL CENTRE PARTY, OPENED YESTERDAY IN SALISBURY.

  • Description

    1.
    GV BLACK & WHITE PEOPLE QUEUEING UP OUTSIDE CONGRESS.
    0.03

    2.
    CU DITTO.
    0.08

    3.
    CU PARTY LEAFLET.
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    4.
    GV PEOPLE SEATED IN HALL.
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    5.
    CU BANNER "SETTLE FOR SANITY".
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    6.
    GV AUDIENCE.
    0.21

    7.
    LV ZOOM TO CU BASHFORD (SOF)
    1.19

    8.
    GV AUDIENCE APPLAUD.
    1.29


    TRANSCRIPT BASHFORD (SEQ. 7): "I BELIEVE THAT THE R.F. ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SETTLING THEIR INTERNAL DIFFERENCES AND HERE LIES THE SUPREME DANGER. I BELIEVE THAT THE WHITE SUPREMISTS ARE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO TAKING OVER IF INDEED THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO IN THE RHODESIAN FRONT. I BELIEVE THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DELIBERATELY TRYING TO BURN THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL BOATS, AS IT WERE, AND THAT THEY ARE ACTIVELY PRESSING AHEAD WITH BAASKAP (WHITE DOMINATION) FLIMSILY DISGUISED AS SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR STAND ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR, BUT I CANNOT OVEREMPHASISE OUR UNCHANGED DETERMINATION TO DO ALL IN OUR POWER TO BRING ABOUT A LASTING SETTLEMENT WITH BRITAIN IN LINE WITH RHODESIA'S TRADITIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ON A BASIS IN WHICH RHODESIA'S INTERESTS ARE PARAMOUNT........APPLAUSE...."




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    Background: THE INAUGURAL CONGRESS OF RHODESIA'S ONLY OPPOSITION PARTY, THE MULTIRACIAL CENTRE PARTY, OPENED YESTERDAY IN SALISBURY. ITS LEADER MR. PAT BASHFORD DEFINED HIS POLICY ON RHODESIA'S MULTIRACIAL FUTURE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS OPENING SPEECH.

    THE CONGRESS OPENED AS THE GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARING LEGISLATION FOR A REFERENDUM ON THE RE-DRAFTED NEW CONSTITUTION WHICH WOULD CREATE A FORM OF POLITICAL APARTHEID ON RHODESIA.

    FORMED SEVEN MONTHS AGO, THE CENTRE MULTIRACIAL PARTY HAS BEEN CAMPAIGNING FOR ACCEPTANCE OF A SETTLEMENT OF THE THREE YEAR OLD INDEPENDENCE ISSUE WITH BRITAIN ON THE TERMS LAID DOWN AT THE H.M.S. FEARLESS TALKS LAST OCTOBER.

    THE PARTY IS MADE UP LARGELY OF WHITE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN AND WOMEN AND HAS A GOOD FOLLOWING AMONG EDUCATED MIDDLE-CLASS AFRICANS.

    MR. BASHFORD WARNED THE CONGRESS THAT WHITE SUPREMISTS WERE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO TALKING CONTROL OF THE RULING RHODESIAN FRONT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5RHLA580OA6359XVNIAGVVNAS
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RHLA580OA6359XVNIAGVVNAS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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