Twenty demonstrators, led by black Rhodesian, Mrs. Sekai Holland, crowded through the front doors of?
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Background: Twenty demonstrators, led by black Rhodesian, Mrs. Sekai Holland, crowded through the front doors of the controversial Rhodesian Information Centre in Sydney on Thursday(29 March) and demanded its closure.
But the staff locked themselves in and called the police who ejected the group.
The group, named the Alternative Rhodesian Information Service, said that the previous Liberal Federal Government had talked about de-registering the Centre but it was still operating.
A press statement issued later on Friday by the demonstrators said the present Centre represented only five per cent of Rhodesia's population---'namely the white'. The claimed that their group's intention was to represent all the population.
SYNOPSIS: In Australia on Thursday, police answered an emergency call from the Rhodesian Information Centre in Sydney. In a hurried telephone message, staff at the Centre told police that they were being besieged by demonstrators. The police arrived to find that Information Centre staff had locked themselves in, while the twenty or so demonstrators jeered and booed from outside.
As policemen rescued the Centre's staff and checked the building for damage, it emerged that the demonstrator were protesting against Rhodesia's Ian Smith regime. Describing themselves as the 'Alternative Rhodesian Information Service", the demonstrators were led by black Rhodesia Mrs. Sekai Holland. In a statement issued later the same day. the group said that the present Rhodesian Information Centre represented only five per cent of Rhodesia's people. Their group represented all Rhodesians, and therefore, they claimed, they should have the right to the name.