An international storm of protest and denials has occurred after publication in The Times of London of a report of a massacre of 400 villagers in the Portuguese territory of Mozambique.
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Background: An international storm of protest and denials has occurred after publication in The Times of London of a report of a massacre of 400 villagers in the Portuguese territory of Mozambique.
The story and its aftermath have highlighted the ongoing activities of the Portuguese armed forces in Portugal's African territories in dealing with the growing activities of guerrillas bands.
This 1970 film illustrates an offensive by Portuguese forces in border areas near Tanzania and Zambia, using helicopters, motorised vehicles and mine detection equipment.
The Time's report was written by a Catholic Priest, Father Adrian Hastings who said he had received reports from missionaries that Portuguese troops had massacred 400 people in the village of Wiriyamu.
The Portuguese embassy issued an almost immediate statement categorically denying the massacre report and attacking the Times for printing Father Hastings story.
And in the British House of Commons, both the opposition Labour and Liberal parties demanded that next week's visit to Britain by Portugal's Prime Minister Dr. Marcello Caetano be cancelled.
Prime Minister Edward Heath flatly refused, However, security for the visit was stepped up as plans were made known for mass rallies and demonstrations in London, on Sunday, the eve of Dr. Caetano's visit. Fearing that some demonstrations could lead to violence, the Foreign Office will not issue the programme for Dr. Caetano's visit in advance.
In an official note, Portugal accused overseas group supporting guerrillas in the Portuguese territories of trying to spoil celebrations marking six centuries of Anglo-Portuguese alliance.
The Portuguese government said various European countries were exploiting accusations of violence made by a missionary who had left Mozambique after proved complicity with the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo).