Truckloads of singing workers wound their way along the dirt roads of Luanda recently to attend a rally in the city condemning South Africa for its incursions into Angola.
GV PAN Crowd at rally
SV Girl waving UNTA flag
SV Secretary of Central Committee of MPLA Bernard de Souza speaking
SV PULL BACK TO GV Crowd applauds
GV & SV Crowd at rally with banners (2 shots)
GV ZOOM TO SCU Soldiers at rally (2 shots)
GV PAN Crowd
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Background: Truckloads of singing workers wound their way along the dirt roads of Luanda recently to attend a rally in the city condemning South Africa for its incursions into Angola.
SYNOPSIS: The crowd at the rally was estimated at 100,000 and included many working men and women as well as students. The atmosphere was defiant as the crowd was told that South Africa was using the excuse of hunting down guerrillas as a pretext for destroying and killing.
Bernard de Souza, Secretary of the MPLA Central Committee, was among those who addressed the rally. It was one of many meetings organised by the Angolan authorities to condemn South Africa.
The rally was told that South Africa was aiming to achieve what it failed to do in 1975, that is to set up its own puppets in Angola. During the Angolan civil war immediately before the country's independence from Portugal, South Africa struck deep into Angola but were eventually beaten back by Cuban troops went in to support the Marxist MPLA. Angola claims the South African units have been invading its territory again and that 400 Angolan soldiers and civilians have been killed in these invasion since the 7th of June.