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.
GV:School building PAN TO bus
GV: luggage put into bus as children board
CUS: Armed soldiers (2 shots)
GV: Army vehicle escorting bus
GVS: damaged house (4 shots)
GV: soldiers on lorry through street
GV PAN: Umtali fair
GV: crowds at fair
GV: cattle on parade PAN TO black spectators
GV: children look at merry-go-round as soldier walks past
CU: Premier Smith speaking on TV (Mono)
SMITH: "And again, the free world must be on their guard that they don't fall for this one, and believe if they stand up for their rights they are going to create conditions which will entrust the Communists to come in. The alternative is that we give in and simply hand over to the Communists on a plate. I think it is better that we stand our ground and make it clear that we are not going to collapse. If the Communists have made their minds to come up here .... they're going to come... I think the free world should have learnt this lesson by now."
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Background: 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.