Yesterday (24 July), for the second time in a week, the British High Commission in Lusaka was the target of angry demonstrations over the possible sale of arms to South Africa by Britain.
GV British Embassy
GV Demonstrators around flagpole
CU Flag at half-mast
SV British High Commission sign
CU Placard "Economic Bankcruptcy drives Britons Mad"
CU British crest
CU Placard "Home is dead in thought and action"
CU Demonstrator reads protest
CU British official
LV Demonstrators rush to flagpole
SV Flag TILT TO demonstrator climbing pole
SV British officials watch
SV Demonstrator tears down flag
SV Other demonstrators try to remove crest over entrance
SV Police disperse crowd
GV Demonstrators march off.
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Background: Yesterday (24 July), for the second time in a week, the British High Commission in Lusaka was the target of angry demonstrations over the possible sale of arms to South Africa by Britain.
A 400-strong Youth Service contingent marched to the High Commission after being addressed by Vice President Simon Kapwepwe on Britain's readiness to sell arms to South Africa.
At the High Commission, one of the demonstrators tore down the Union Jack. The situation looked serious, and at one stage it looked as though the building would be attacked when the High Commissioner, Mr. John Laurence Pumphrey, refused to go any further than his doorway to hear Youth Service director Stephen Mwansa read out a petition.
It was after the reading of the petition that a group of youths broke away from the main body and climbed the flagpole. As Youth Service leaders tried to restore order, other members climbed on to the entrance archway and attempted to push down a large British Coat of Arms. They failed.
The youths carried banners throughout their demonstration--the second at the High Commission in four days--proclaiming "Economic Bankruptcy Drives Britons Mad", and "Home is Dead In Thought and Action". There were many other anti-British slogans.
Earlier, Vice President Kapwepwe had told the youths that Zambia was determined not to be beaten into submission because of any British arms deal with South Africa.