At the opening of Rhodesia's Parliament on Tuesday (22 June) the President, Mr. John Wrathall,?
GV & SV Crowds awaiting arrival of ministers (2 shots)
SV Ministers and wives arrive (2 shots)
GV PAN Crowd stand as officials enter Parliament
GV & SV Ministers into Parliament (2 shots)
SV PAN Rhodesian flag TO Loudspeaker broadcasting Presidential speech to people outside
SVs Crowd listening to speech (2 shots)
SV Mounted police stand guard outside Parliament
Mr. Wrathall also said Britain and America hoped to prevent further communist penetration of southern Africa by seeking an early transfer to black rule in Rhodesia. But such a surrender, he added, by the Rhodesian Government, would lead to strife which the Soviets would be quick to exploit.
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Background: At the opening of Rhodesia's Parliament on Tuesday (22 June) the President, Mr. John Wrathall, accused Britain and the United States of encouraging terrorism against the white population.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowd turned out n salisbury, the Rhodesian capital, to watch the annual event.
It was an historic day for parliament. For the first time, the Government's parliamentary ranks included four african tribal Chiefs and three tribally elected members of parliament.
The Rhodesian Parliament, this session, faces more pressure than ever before to try and find a solution to the racial problems facing the country. There are already signs of dissension in the parliamentary caucus of the ruling Rhodesian Front. The party is split over the extent to which racial discrimination should be eased in an attempt to try and pacify black nationalism.
During his opening speech the President criticised Britain for supporting what he called the extremist position of the African National Council in recent talks. He also said Britain was the chief instigator of economic warfare against Rhodesia.
The Rhodesian Front fills all of the 50 white seats in the House of Assembly. The other 16 seats are held by Africans.