In Liberia Sam Nujoma, the President of the South-West African People's organisation (SWAPO), has lashed out against what he called the "fascist" regime of South Africa.
CU Leader of South-West Africa People's Organisation, Sam Nujoma making statement at news conference.
CU People in conference hall listening
CU Mr Nujoma continuing statement
TRANSCRIPT: "The fascist military junta of Botha has lately been conducting brutal and increasing acts of terrorism, arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and murder against SWAPO leaders, members and sympathizers. Since April this year more than five thousand SWAPO leaders and members have been rounded up particularly in Windhoek, the capital, and hurled into nazi style concentration camps in the area surrounding the capital city, Windhoek. They are being held under the cover of the so-called state of emergency and marshal law which have been extended and expanded to cover two states of the country, in particular the northern part of the country. As a result of the over-crowding and torture, some of these comrades have died and are dying in these concentration camps."
"The situation in Namibia is indeed political and explosive. In fact people are daily losing rights. We therefore appeal to the international community to send a human rights groups and international arbiters to investigate the situation in Namibia."
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Background: In Liberia Sam Nujoma, the President of the South-West African People's organisation (SWAPO), has lashed out against what he called the "fascist" regime of South Africa. Mr Mujoma made his attack at the sixteenth Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit, where he gave a press conference on Thursday (19 July). SWAPO, recognised by the United Nations as the only legal representative of the Namibian people, boycotted recent elections in South-West Africa for a National Legislative Assembly and still claims that the country is under total South African rule. Mr Nujoma spoke to journalists about the persecution of his people.