Thousands of chanting Portuguese settlers marched through central Luanda in Angola on Monday (4 August) appealing for foreign nations of help evacuate them from the country.
GV AND PAN ALONG Brazilian Consulate TO demonstrators gathered outside. (2 shots)
GV PAN Banners appealing for outside help (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators march to American Consulate. (2 shots)
SV American flag.
GV FROM Consulate to demonstrators outside applauding speaker.
TV Milling demonstrators chanting. (2 shots)
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Background: Thousands of chanting Portuguese settlers marched through central Luanda in Angola on Monday (4 August) appealing for foreign nations of help evacuate them from the country.
The demonstration had been planned for a week, but Sunday night's sporadic gunfire and explosions in Luanda added a new urgency to their appeal.
About 4,000 people marched past the French, United States and Brazilian Consulates, chanting "help get us out of Angola".
Small delegations were received at each Consulate and sympathy was expressed, but in each case it was pointed out that it was a Portuguese matter.
SYNOPSIS: About four thousand chanting Portuguese settlers staged a mass demonstration in Central Luanda on Monday. Their first target was the Brazilian Consulate. Many of the demonstrators carried banners appealing for foreign nations to help evacuate them from Angola.
The demonstration had been planned for a week, but sporadic gun-fighting and explosions in the streets of Luanda on Sunday night added a new urgency to their appeal.
The marchers moved form the Brazilian Consulate to the American Consulate. At each stop a small delegation was received. Diplomatic officials expressed sympathy, but pointed out that it was a Portuguese matter, and there was little other countries could do about it.
Portugal has already announced plans for stepping-up airlifts of three thousand people a day out of Angola. They will be flown to Lisbon. It is hoped the three hundred thousand whites in Angola will be flown out before the country achieves independence in November.
The exodus was ordered in the light of continuing heavy fighting between Angola's two biggest freedom movements which has already left three thousand people dead.