Seventy-five white women demonstrators gathered outside the Rhodesian Parliament in Salisbury on Tuesday (2 March).?
Seventy-five white women demonstrators gathered outside the Rhodesian Parliament in Salisbury on Tuesday (2 March). They were protesting at planned changes to the Land Tenure Act, designed to reduce racial discrimination. The women claim that the legislation doesn't go far enough and does little to ease discrimination.
SYNOPSIS: The Act divided Rhodesia equally between the 270 thousand whites and six million blacks, and Prime Minister Ian Smith proposed changes which have caused a split in the ruling Rhodesian Front party. He planned to give the blacks a greater share of the land and thus encourage black leaders within Rhodesia to move towards a settlement which would exclude the militants based outside the country. But the plan resulted in a walk out by nine government members who said the new bill was too liberal. It would also allow blacks into hotels and restaurants and permit private school and hospitals to serve all races.
Mr Smith needs a two-thirds majority to get the amendment into law. The vote's expected either on Friday (4 March) or early next week.