• Short Summary

    Things have become easier for the estimated 100,000 white Portuguese settlers struggling to get out of civil war torn Angola with their belongings.

  • Description

    Things have become easier for the estimated 100,000 white Portuguese settlers struggling to get out of civil war torn Angola with their belongings.

    The Angolan capital, Luanda, is under the control of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), but the city's dockers are mainly members of MPLA's enemies, the worker backed Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA).

    Most of the dockers fled making it very difficult for the Portuguese settlers who wanted to leave with their belongings -- but Luanda's MPLA administration has quickly trained new workers to operate the loading equipment.

    A few weeks ago lines of trucks from all over the country waited days to get inside the harbour gates and perhaps weeks before safety loading their cargo on ships bound for Portugal. Now the cargo consignments are down to manageable levels -- and with the dockers working weekens -- the Portuguese administrators hope to have all the cargo well cleared before independence is granted to Angola on 11 November.

    On Saturday (11 October) the Luanda quayside was full of Portuguese refugees helping load crates of their belongings aboard ships bound for Portugal. Their haste to leave was no doubt intensified by news the previous day that the third party fighting for supremacy in Angola, the National Front for the Liberation of Angola -- or FNLA -- has captured a major MPLA military base north-east of Luanda. The FNLA was reported to be advancing slowly on the capital along a wide front from Caxito.

    SYNOPSIS: The day's accidents -- fatal and otherwise -- later brought a rebuke to the team managers from the Clerk of the Course, Mr. Stanley Basnett. He told the managers that their riders had been going round the course "like lunatics", and he warned them that if riders' behaviour during the competition did not improve, the event would be stopped. There had been many complaints from the public and police.

    Mr. Basnett accused riders of exceeding the legal speed limits on the open roads, passing traffic on both sides, cornering too fast and even taking to the pavements. At the end of the day, West Germany was leading in the International Trophy event with thirty-two point six penalty points, with Poland a long way behind in second place with two hundred and fifteen point nine penalty points. East Germany were the leaders in the other event -- the Silver Vase.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA78CZHIGT9U3GPC3860G837IAE
    Media URN:
    VLVA78CZHIGT9U3GPC3860G837IAE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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