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    As part of the Organisation of African Unity's Tenth anniversary celebration a special exhibition organised by African Liberation Movements is currently being mounted in Addis Ababa.

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    As part of the Organisation of African Unity's Tenth anniversary celebration a special exhibition organised by African Liberation Movements is currently being mounted in Addis Ababa.

    On display at the exhibition are various weapons captured mainly from the Portuguese. Also on display are photographs illustrating the history and progress of the struggle in the different parts of the continent.

    The main theatres of action in Africa are as follows: Mozambique: FRELIMO (Mozambique Liberation Front) has been fighting the Portuguese forces for eight years. Led by Samora Machal a band of approximately 6,000 guerrillas have engaged a Portuguese force seven times its size, while simultaneously skirmishing with the rival Mozambique Revolutionary Committee.

    Anglo: Bitter in-fighting between the three Angolan guerrilla groups have enabled Portuguese forces to maintain control in Angola with relative ease.

    Portuguese Guinea: The murder of Amilcar Cabral dealt a bitter blow to PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) who had been hoping to establish black rule this year in many of the rural areas of Portuguese Guinea.

    Rhodesia: Despite increasing raids along the border with Zambia neither ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) nor ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union) are yet able to pose a serious military threat to the white government of Ian Smith.

    South Africa: Neither the ANC (African National Congress) nor the PAC (Pan African Congress) yet seem capable of waging much more than a propaganda war against the South African Government. While SWAPO (South West Africa's People's Organisation) mostly confines its military operations to mine-laying.

    Recently there have been allegations that some of the liberation movements have been receiving arms from the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese, According to reports from the Portuguese army, guerrillas operating in Mozambique, Portuguese Guinea and Angola are now in possession of sizeable quantities of Russian built arms.

    These revelations follow a recent raid into Senegal by Portuguese commandos who destroyed a major training and supply base belonging to PAIGC. The haul included 122mm Russian rockets and 82mm mortars -- the Viet cong's principal assault weapons against American bases.

    In Addition, PAIGC forces have recently acquired Russian SA-7 Estrela ground-to-air missiles which have already brought down at least five Portuguese fighter planes in Guinea -- an indication that for the first time Portugal's air superiority in Africa is being challenged.

    Among Sunday's (27 May) visitors to the Addis Ababa exhibition were President Tolbert of Liberia and Premier Ramgoolam of Mauritius.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA99YM280XWN7TVZMIV0Q1AYFQC
    Media URN:
    VLVA99YM280XWN7TVZMIV0Q1AYFQC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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