• Short Summary

    Portuguese troops on Tuesday (10 September) ousted white-led dissidents from Mozambique's main radio station in the capital, Lourence Marques -- seized three days earlier in pretest against the handing over of power to African nationalists.

  • Description

    Portuguese troops on Tuesday (10 September) ousted white-led dissidents from Mozambique's main radio station in the capital, Lourence Marques -- seized three days earlier in pretest against the handing over of power to African nationalists.

    Amid growing unrest in the capital, the Army moved in after the self-styled "Movement for a Free Mozambique" had announced a decision to abandon the radio station.

    The white militants said they were withdrawing because of the escalating black violence in African shanty towns in and around Lourence Marques. But they said they wanted to hand it over to police, not to the army.

    The defiance of Mozambique's white settlers against the independence agreement signed in Lusaka on Saturday (7 September) led to outbursts of violence in the capital. At least 47 people died and hundreds more were injured.

    The white militants -- many of them ex-servicemen -- claimed that the Lusaka agreement was a sell-out to the guerrillas who waged war against Portugal for ten years. The agreement provides for a Frelime-led provisional government and full independence next June.

    The violence in Lourence Marques, was centred mainly in the African shanty towns around the city's airport. On Monday night (9 September), Portuguese troops occupied the airport and closed it to all traffic.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAQ3OVRBQS40M38Y2OKFPXU5PA
    Media URN:
    VLVAQ3OVRBQS40M38Y2OKFPXU5PA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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