The first film to be released from the African republic of Guinea of last November's attempted invasion has been obtained by the chief of Visnews Paris Bureau, M.
The first film to be released from the African republic of Guinea of last November's attempted invasion has been obtained by the chief of Visnews Paris Bureau, M. Jean Magny. M. Magny obtained the film of the attempted coup during his recent visit to Guinea.
During his stay M. Magny was also granted an interview--the first for many years--with President Sekou Toure. This interview was serviced in Visnews Production Nos. 5457/71 and 5457/Y/71. During the interview President Sekou Toure referred to the invasion attempt.
He accused what he termed "foreign forces" of the invasion attempt and singled out French Secretary-General for African and Malagasy Affairs, M. Jacques Foccart as "being responsible for all subversion in Africa."
The Guinean leader charged that West Germany, Portugal and two unnamed African countries, as well as France, were involved in the November events.
This film is the first official account from Guinea of the events that took place last November.
SYNOPSIS: President Sekou Toure of Guinea enters an assembly hall in his country's capital of Conakry last November to address his population during the abortive invasion of their country. This is the first official film of the invasion which President Sekou Toure alleged was spearheaded by Portugal, West Germany, France and two unnamed African countries The film was given to the Chief of Visnews Paris Bureau, M. Jean Magny, during his recent visit to Guinea.
The population was armed with automatic rifles by the Government to repel the invasion, which President Sekou Toure claimed was masterminded by the French Secretary-General for African and Malagasy affairs, M. Jacques Foccart.
The Guinean President claimed that an invasion force of 350 men was put ashore in Conakry from submarines. The fighting was brief, but fierce.
Hundreds of people were reportedly injured in the fighting. The raiding party was also reported to contain foreign mercenary troops. Unofficial reports put the number of dead in the fighting at around 100, including a number of Guinean government officials.
But mystery still surrounds the brief and bloody invasion. A United Nations team was sent to investigate the fighting.
The investigation team reported to the United Nations that the invasion attempt had been supported by Portuguese troops. The Portuguese Government promptly denied the charges.
The Guineans captured a number of prisoners, including--they claimed--a number of foreign mercenaries. But exactly who, and in what numbers, were behind the invasion attempt is still clouded in mystery.
President Sekou Toure still insists the invasion attempt was masterminded by Portugal, France, West Germany and the two unnamed African states.