Residents of Mozambique in Rhodesia when President Machel closed the border between the two countries are not being allowed to return to their country.
GV Border gates closed. (2 shots)
GV Mozambique citizens being turned back.
SV Mozambique people talking with newsmen.
CU Mozambiquan speaks.
GV Car passing through border gates.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Is there a lot of military movement on the other side of the border?"
REPORTER: "Has it been stepped up in the last few days, has it increased at all?"
MOZAMBIQUAN: "No, normal."
BORDER GATES CLOSED: MOZAMBIQUAN CITIZENS BEING TURNED BACK: MOZAMBIQUAN PEOPLE TALKING TO NEWSMEN: CAR PASSING THROUGH BORDER GATES.
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The film includes an interview with a Mozambiquan citizen who was stopped at the border form returning to his country. A transcript follows:-
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Background: Residents of Mozambique in Rhodesia when President Machel closed the border between the two countries are not being allowed to return to their country.
Border guards are turning back all traffic travelling from Rhodesia to Mozambique, including several carloads of Mozambiquans.
President Machel closed the border with Rhodesia on Wednesday (3 March) and put his country's ailing economy on a war footing in retaliation for the Rhodesian air and military bombardment of a Mozambiquan village on 23 and 24 February.
Rhodesia claimed the raid was done during a "hot pursuit operation" by Rhodesian security forces pursuing black nationalist guerrillas.
The border closure is expected to have a serious effect on the economy of both Rhodesia and Mozambique.
Rhodesia until recently freighted 80 per cent of its imports and exports through Mozambiques ports of Maputo and Beira.
Mozambique had been importing from Rhodesia large quantities of maize to help relieve the chronic food shortage and famine which had swept Mozambique in the wake of a crop failure.
Rhodesia is trying to put effect a long-standing contingency plan to divert traffic from the closed Mozambique lines to alternative routes.
Despite the apparent calm the Rhodesian government is maintaining over the closure, there is deep concern in the Transport Ministry in Salisbury over the assets and property seized by Mozambique's Frelimo administration.