• Short Summary

    The Afro-Shirazi Party, which won 10 of the 23 seats in the June 1 general election, has decided to boycott the Zanzibar Legislative Council in protest against what they call "indiscriminate and arbitrary" arrests since the post-election riots.

  • Description

    The Afro-Shirazi Party, which won 10 of the 23 seats in the June 1 general election, has decided to boycott the Zanzibar Legislative Council in protest against what they call "indiscriminate and arbitrary" arrests since the post-election riots.

    Claiming to fear attacks from the Zanzibar Nationalist Party, the Afro-Shirazis have organised themselves to form round-the-clock guards outside their headquarters in Zanzibar Town. Food is cooked over open fires, and eaten at improvised tables. A collection is being taken to provide funds to defend the 1,083 Africans arrested during and since the savage riots in which at least 64 persons - mostly Arabs - were killed.

    In a recent press conference in Zanzibar, Mr Othman Shariff, an Afro-Shirazi leader, said his party would not attend the Council -- now led temporarily by the minority Zanzibar and Pemba People's Party -- until the arrests were stopped and those in custody tried by independent magistrates "from anywhere except Zanzibar".

    Mr Iain MacLeod, the British Colonial Secretary, recently announced the setting up of a commission to inquire into the causes of the election riots.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA77K2TWF9LD1YSM661FOE9ICA6
    Media URN:
    VLVA77K2TWF9LD1YSM661FOE9ICA6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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