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    President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal flew to the provisional capital at Ziguinchor last week (3 April) for celebrations marking the 11th anniversary of Senegal's independence.

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    President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal flew to the provisional capital at Ziguinchor last week (3 April) for celebrations marking the 11th anniversary of Senegal's independence. On Saturday (4 April), Gambia's President, Sir Dawda Jawara, was President Senghor's guest of honour at the official celebration which includes a military parade.

    In 1958 Senegal became an autonomous republic within the French community. After a short period of federation with the Sudanese Republic in the Mali federation, Senegal was recognised as an independent state in 1960, remaining within the French community.

    Following the celebration in Ziguinchor, President Senghor returned to Dakar to host a reception at the presidential palace. Earlier President Senghor, in an address to the nation, said imperialists had always wanted to destroy Senegal because of its strategic position on the African continent and in the Atlantic. He said that the imperialists were now acting under the cover of labour unions and student organisations, employing weapons of political strikes, violence, and arson.

    SYNOPSIS: Last week marked the eleventh anniversary of independence for Senegal. President Leopold Sedar Senghor flew from Dakar to the provisional capital at Zinguinchor for celebrations, which included a military parade. In 1958 Senegal became an autonomous republic within the French community. After a short period of federation with the Sudanese Republic in the Mali federation, Senegal was recognised as an independent state.

    Senghor was elected President of the Republic when it became independent. In December of 1962 a tentative coup d'etat by the president of the Council of Ministers, Mamadou Dia, failed and Senghor took over the office. The President was greeted warmly as he rode through the streets of Ziguinchor before the official ceremony.

    Gambia's President, Sir Dawda Jawara, was President Senghor's guest of honour for the military march-past. Later, the two presidents returned to Dakar where President Senghor hosted a reception at the presidential palace.

    In an address to the nation marking the anniversary of independence, President Senghor said that imperialists has always wanted to destroy Senegal. He said that the imperialists were now acting under the cover of labour unions and student organisations. He warned that the imperialists wanted to destroy Senegal because of its strategic position on the African continent and the Atlantic, and its political role in West Africa. The weapons they were employing, he said, were political strikes, violence and arson. "We have however begun to react to these attacks and we shall continue to do so with over greater firmness," the President added.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7NAKWWT5SKKEUUX07P4KB142K
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NAKWWT5SKKEUUX07P4KB142K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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