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    Students at Rhodesia's multi-racial University College Sunday (May 18) launched a four-day protest against the government's plans for a referendum on a new apartheid-style constitution.

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    Students at Rhodesia's multi-racial University College Sunday (May 18) launched a four-day protest against the government's plans for a referendum on a new apartheid-style constitution. The campaign started at the College Chapel where students and supporters gathered to sign a petition and hold a special service.

    One of the principal supporters of the campaign is the Rev. Paul Burrough, Anglican Bishop of Mashonaland, a long-time active critic of the Smith government and the policies of apartheid.

    The College protest is mainly aimed at stirring-up public opinion against the proposed constitutional reforms and came a day after the government announced that a white paper setting out their plans would be published on May 21st. Although no official date has been set for the referendum, well-informed sources reported that it would be held on June 30. The country's white majority electorate will be asked to answer two questions -- whether they want a new constitution; and whether they want a Republican form of government in Rhodesia. Opponents to the new Constitution feel that it would bring stronger apartheid measures into effect.

    Organisers of the protest insist that it is non-violent and will be restricted to the Campus -- featuring sit-ins, lectures and the sending of letters to world figures, including United Nations Secretary General U Thant. But certain more militant African students have called for demonstrations in the centre of Salisbury -- in an attempt to attract attention by provoking police action.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6GX1Y43BVYHW1HD1372486E1Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA6GX1Y43BVYHW1HD1372486E1Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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