The Angolan national movement M.P.L.A. ("People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola") on Monday (4?
The Angolan national movement M.P.L.A. ("People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola") on Monday (4 February) celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of its formation. Representatives of similar African movements, members of the diplomatic community and officials of the Zambian Government attended an anniversary meeting at the Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka. The MPLA is believed to have headquarters in Zambia. Portuguese officers estimate that Angolan guerrillas infiltrated the colony from 27 bases in Zambia.
Portugal has a 60,000 man army in Angola but sporadic guerrilla ware fare has been continuing incessantly since the early 1960's. Guerrilla spokesmen (there are at least three rival national movements) claim their forces operate in a third of the territory and command the support of 350,000 civilian followers (of a population of five million Africans).
The MPLA issues press communiques from Lusaka, giving details of clashes inside Angola. In Zambia, it maintains close contact with representatives of other national movements fighting in Portuguese Africa.