On Tuesday (11 November) President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania said the people of Angola must be left to work out their own political solution for the independence of their country without foreign interference.
Nyerere greeted on dais by Tanu party delegates
GV Crowd watching
Nyerere giving cheque to MPLA representative
GV Crowd applauds
GV PAN Nyerere as delegates listen
SV & GV Crowd holding up banners (2 shots)
GV PAN Crowd listening as President speaks (2 shots)
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Background: On Tuesday (11 November) President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania said the people of Angola must be left to work out their own political solution for the independence of their country without foreign interference.
President Nyerere was speaking at a big rally in the Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam to mark Angola's independence.
Addressing an enthusiastic crowd the President criticised the United States, France and the Soviet Union for supplying arms to the rival nationalist movements in Angola and helping to escalate the pre-independence war. He said that from a political point of view he had, for the first time, to agree with Field Marshal Idi Amin of Uganda that the Soviet Union should keep out of Angola.
Three months ago the Tanzanian government referred to the Ugandan leader as a black fascist and murderer.
He said he also backed Somali President Siad Barre's call last week for an immediate meeting of African Heads of State to try and resolve the difference between the rival Angolan movements.
At Tuesday's (11 November) rally the crowd was also addressed by Comrade Elias Augusto who is the representative of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in Dar Es Salaam. After his speech he was presented with a cheque by a group of Dar Es Salaam university students who had raised money to assist the MPLA in its fight. President Nyeerere also presented the MPLA with a cheque.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday -- the day Angola gained its independence from Portugal after hundreds of years of colonial rule -- a big rally to mark the occasion was held in the Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere who received an enthusiastic welcome.
Also popular with the crowds was Comrade Elias Augusto a representative of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola or MPLA. The MPLA is one of the three rival groups fighting in the present civil war in the country.
During the rally President Nyerere and students from Dar Es Salaam university presented mr. Augusto with cheques to help the MPLA in its fight.
When he addressed the crowd President Nyerere strongly criticised the United States, France and the Soviet Union for supplying arms to the rival liberation groups in Angola. He said that by so doing they had helped to escalate the war. President Nyerere said the people of Angola must be left to work out their own political solution without foreign interference.