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    Political fervour grew in Salisbury, Rhodesia, as Britain's fact-finding Pearce Commission prepared to leave on Saturday (March 11) after two months of attempting to establish whether the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement was acceptable to all Rhodesians.

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    Political fervour grew in Salisbury, Rhodesia, as Britain's fact-finding Pearce Commission prepared to leave on Saturday (March 11) after two months of attempting to establish whether the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement was acceptable to all Rhodesians. The African National Council, originally a non-political organisation set up to oppose the proposed settlement of Rhodesia's controversial six-year-old declaration of independence, became a fully-fledged political party - the first since the Rhodesian Government banned all other African parties. The organisation was declared political at a meeting on Friday (March 10) by its leader, Bishop Muzorewa, who has warned of the possibility of a "bloodbath" in Rhodesia if the country continues to be ruled by a white minority.

    Meanwhile, as the Africans prepared to take their political stand, white Rhodesians met in Salisbury's largest assembly hall to hear speakers from several right-wing groups opposed to African political progress. They were invited, by newspaper advertisements, to "roll up and show the Pearce Commission the size of the white backlash".

    Reports from Salisbury indicate that the Commission, headed by former British judge Lord Pearce, has found the majority of Rhodesians -- that is, the African population which outnumbers whites by almost twenty to one -- opposed to the proposed settlement.

    SYNOPSIS: Salisbury, Rhodesia....and African Nationalist Bishop Muzorewa proclaims the first African political party since Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence six years ago.

    The inauguration of Bishop Muzorewa's party, on the eve of the departure of the British Pearce Commission which was returning to London, was only one indication of growing political fervour in the country. At the other end of the political scale, white Rhodesians had gathered in Salisbury's largest assembly hall the previous night to hear speakers from white, right-wing political pressure groups. They were invited, in the words of a newspaper advertisement inserted by one right-wing organisation, to "roll up and show the Pearce Commission the size of the white backlash". The groups represented are dedicated to perpetuate white rule in Rhodesia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7VVD3VONP7XR2BJDOAODY24NM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VVD3VONP7XR2BJDOAODY24NM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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