INTRODUCTION: A declaration of support for the release of South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was presented at a meeting of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in London on Wednesday (1 April).
GV House of Commons.
GV INT Robert Hughes MP introducing Michael Foot, David Steel and Wilfred Granville-Grey.
CU Granville-Grey speaking.
CU Bishop Tutu speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT):
SEQ. 3: GREY: The British campaign now has a declaration here, Mr. Chairman, which I hand to you, in response to the South African campaign and it's been very widely supported throughout Britain. We very much hope that this declaration will be able to be used by people, leaders of local causes here today and others in order to press the British government to make a new vigorous approach to the South African government to call again for the release of Nelson Mandela and more than 500 political prisoners who are still being held in South Africa."
SEQ. 4: TUTU: "We wish to explain our appreciation for those who have joined with us in seeking yet another peaceful means. One wants to stress this, that we are taken to task in our country for trying to find peaceful means... of changing that situation. We might offend those of you that, who have joined with us in seeking to arrive at peaceful change by working together with us for the release of Nelson and all political prisoners. Five or ten years is our timetable for a black prime minister. And we're saying that that prime minister could very well be Nelson Mandela."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A declaration of support for the release of South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was presented at a meeting of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in London on Wednesday (1 April). The meeting was attended by the Secretary-General of the South African Council of Churches, Bishop Desmond Tutu, the leader of the Liberal Party, Mr. Michael Foot and the leader of the Liberal Party, Mr. David Steel. Nelson Mandela was gaoled for life after being found guilty in 1964 of plotting to overthrow the South African government.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held in the Jubilee Room of the House of Commons and the Chairman of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, member of Parliament Robert Hughes, addressed the supporters. After welcoming Mr. Foot and Mr. Steel, he introduced Mr. Wilfred Granville- Grey, representing the President of the International Defence and aid Fund for Southern Africa. Bishop Tutu later responded and explained activities in his own country for the release of Mandela.