• Short Summary

    The capital city of Angola, Luanda, remains in the hands of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) but rival National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) troops are with 15 kilometres (10 miles) and continue to threaten the capital.

  • Description

    The capital city of Angola, Luanda, remains in the hands of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) but rival National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) troops are with 15 kilometres (10 miles) and continue to threaten the capital.

    Still, there are no signs of panic in Luanda, although the continued fighting in Angola has forced an almost complete shutdown of business and commerce.

    The streets are quiet, only a few vehicles passing through them. And on the roads leading to the once active harbour, trucks have been abandoned and there is cargo which has been left to rust.

    There are still 24,000 Portuguese troops in the country, some of them in Luanda, But their primary duty now is to protect Portuguese nationals and assists with the evacuation of refugees.

    To keep up morale, the MPLA has staged military displays in Luanda, but they are noticeably lacking in manpower. Presumably most able bodied MPLA troops are deployed around the capital to protect it from advances by the FNLA. To make up for the shortage of men, the displays feature marching units of women and young boys.

    Despite the mood of calm in the capital, the city is under a real threat from advancing FNLA troops. Already it's reported that the FNLA troops are with sight of a huge oil refinery on the city's outskirts, and fighting has been going on near the city's water supply at Quifandongo, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Luanda.

    It's reported that a delegation of Portuguese Army troops were dispatched to the area to ask FNLA officers not to damage the water supply system and that one of the four soldiers was killed.

    Parts of Luanda have already suffered periodic interruptions in the water supply.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC6RROZN5JX5RL6SCSDF5TVZNI
    Media URN:
    VLVAC6RROZN5JX5RL6SCSDF5TVZNI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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