• Short Summary

    Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith marked the 10th anniversary of his country's independence at midnight on Monday (10 November) by declaring that his beleaguered government would never resort to appeasement.

  • Description

    Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith marked the 10th anniversary of his country's independence at midnight on Monday (10 November) by declaring that his beleaguered government would never resort to appeasement.

    Rhodesia made its unilateral declaration of independence from Britain without British approval and during the ball at Salisbury's Tobacco Auction Hall Mr. Smith rang the country's independence bell. The bell is a former British warship's bell -- now a symbol of white ruled Rhodesia's rebellion against British rule.

    By "appeasement" Mr. Smith probably meant satisfying the British government by bowing to conditions on black African participation in Rhodesia's government. There are twenty times more blacks than whites in Rhodesia.

    After joining hands for the traditional song "Auld Lang Syne" as the anniversary came into force at midnight, Mr. Smith addressed the 800 guests at the ball. Part of his speech appears on film. A transcript follows.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAT6E422FBA9504GE1EWJYLJOU
    Media URN:
    VLVAAT6E422FBA9504GE1EWJYLJOU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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