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    THE PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE, MR.LEE KUAN YEW, SAID IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) THAT AFRICANS?

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    MARLBOROUGH HOUSE; LEE SPEAKING (SOF).



    REPORTER: YOU ARE REPORTED AS SAYING, PRIME MINISTER, RECOMMENDING IN FACT, THAT BLACK AFRICANS IN RHODESIA SHOULD CONSTITUTE A VIET CONG. WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THIS?



    LEE: WELL YOU KNOW, IN THE LONG RUN NOBODY ELSE IS GOING TO DIE FOR THEIR FREEDOM. AND IF, WHAT I'VE HEARD THEM SAY, WHAT THEY WANT IS TO USE FORCE AND KILL, THE WORD KILL HAS BEEN USED, SANCTIONS BITE BUT DO NOT KILL, THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY, I THINK THAT'S QUITE RIGHT. IF YOU WANT TO KILL THEN YOU'VE GOT TO DO YOUR OWN KILLING, AND IT'S A VERY MESSY AND A NASTY BUSINESS. THIS IS WHAT THE VIET CONG DO. IF YOU'RE NOT PREPARED TO KILL AND, WORSE, BE KILLED, NOBODY ELSE IS GOING TO FIGHT AND DIE FOR YOU. EVEN THE RUSSIANS AND THE CHINESE, DESPITE ALL THEIR PROTESTATIONS OF COMMUNIST BROTHERLINESS, WHEN THEY OFFER VOLUNTEERS TO NORTH VIETNAM THEY ALWAYS SAY PROVIDED NORTH VIETNAMESE NEVER ASK FOR RUSSIANS AND EAST EUROPEANS, OR CHINESE TO DIE FOR THEM. THEY'RE DYING FOR THEMSELVES.



    REPORTER: SO HOW WOULD YOU SEE THIS KIND OF GUERILLA WARFARE BEING STARTED UP IN RHODESIA?



    LEE: I THINK IT'S GOING TO TAKE A VERY LONG TIME REALLY. YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A PEOPLE SUFFICIENTLY GELLED INTO ONE, BELIEVING PASSIONATELY IN THEIR FREEDOM AND PREPARED TO MAKE SACRIFICES. AS LONG AS YOU STOP YOUR BLEATING AND PLEADING, AND SAY PLEASE FIGHT FOR ME AND KILL THIS LOT OF WHIT FASCISTS, AND GIVE ME MY FREEDOM, WELL, IT'S ALL VERY EFFECTIVE REALLY. THE DAY THEY'RE ABLE TO THROW UP AN ORGANISATION, OR BUILD AN ORGANISATION AND THROW UP AND THROW UP A LEADERSHIP AND PREFER TO SAY WELL. I'M GOING TO FIGHT FOR MY FREEDOM, AND WHO'S GOING TO GIVE ME A PLASTIC BOMB, A MACHINE GUN, A BAZOOKA, I'LL DIE, I'LL PAY FOR IT, THEN I THINK THE WORLD WILL SIT UP AND TAKE NOTE, AS THEY HAVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM.




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    Background: THE PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE, MR.LEE KUAN YEW, SAID IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) THAT AFRICANS IN RHODESIA SHOULD SEE GUERILLA WARFARE TO OVERTHROW THE ILLEGAL WHITE REGIME.

    MR. LEE IS ATTENDING THE COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE AT MARLBOROUGH HOUSE. TODAY, THE CONFERENCE DELEGATES HEARD THE LATEST BRITISH PROPOSALS ON RHODESIA, AND MR. LEE SPOKE TO REPORTER ABOUT THE SITUATION IN THE BREAKAWAY COLONY...

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEPZG8HVX6KPD0L9FJZE3YF9UQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEPZG8HVX6KPD0L9FJZE3YF9UQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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