Salisbury, the capital of Rhodesia, has for many years considered itself somewhat apart from the guerrilla war that has been waged against the white minority government of Mr.
Salisbury, the capital of Rhodesia, has for many years considered itself somewhat apart from the guerrilla war that has been waged against the white minority government of Mr. Ian Smith. The black nationalists have conducted their military campaigns in the more remote areas of the country and for most residents of Salisbury the war was something to read about in the papers and discuss over drinks in hotel bars. However, a recent wave of bombing attacks in the capital has sought the war much closer to home for Salisbury's citizens.
SYNOPSIS: The city has now taken on the air of an embattled city, with newspaper headlines epitomising Salisbury's jittery atmosphere. The judge told the convicted bomb hoaxer, "We have no sympathy for people who consider bomb hoaxers some sort of sick joke." Shopping centres have been the bombers favourite targets because of their accessibility.
The authorities are taking no chances in their attempts to prevent a further outbreak of random bombings. Salisbury shoppers now consider police searches as a normal event. Even Visnews cameraman, Gary Burns, had his bag searched while shooting this film.
The vigilance shown here is in marked contrast to the situation in Salisbury only three weeks ago. Then, visitors constantly voiced their surprise at the general lack of security precautions.
But the authorities have cracked down on security since a bomb ripped apart a supermarket in central Salisbury on Saturday (6 August). The incident cost the lives of 11 people and injured more than 70. A week later another explosion ripped apart a shopping precinct only three hundred yards (metres) from the Prime Minister's office.
The police have posted large warning signs to alert people to the danger of mysterious-looking parcels. They are a reminder to the residents of Salisbury that they are now all fighting a war.