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    The Rhodesian border city of Umtali has virtually been turned into an armed camp following the recent dawn mortar raid from across the Mozambique frontier.

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    The Rhodesian border city of Umtali has virtually been turned into an armed camp following the recent dawn mortar raid from across the Mozambique frontier.

    SYNOPSIS: The evidence of the increased security in this city of 50,000 people is everywhere. School buses are escorted by heavily armed police; soldiers patrol every street; and the suburbs nearest the Mozambique border, only a few miles away, are under strong 24-hour guard. The city is tense after the raid, and has been expecting fresh attacks.

    Meanwhile Bishop Donal Lamont, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Umtali, has blamed Ian Smith's 'racist and oppressive policies', for the escalation of the war. In an open letter to the government, published on Sunday (August 15), he said: 'Your administration is an outcast from, and stands condemned by, the civilised world.' He warned of the dangers of 'a bloody confrontation between the races in Rhodesia itself."
    In the raid, between 20 and 30 Chinese-made 82 millimetre mortar shells crashed into white-owned houses in a suburb close to the border, causing some damage. Two black domestic servants were slightly injured. There were no white casualties, but about 100 residents fled to the safety of hotels in the city centre.

    But in the words of Umtali's Major, the show must go on. And it did. The local agricultural fair went ahead as planned -- and on Friday (13 August) the Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, went on television to say Rhodesia would not give up.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9BN9O6ODOZYYP824SPSSWIG0F
    Media URN:
    VLVA9BN9O6ODOZYYP824SPSSWIG0F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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