Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere has accused Britain of cold-blooded murder, deceit and treachery over the killing last Thursday (10 January) of Patriotic Front guerrillas by Rhodesian security forces.
SV & CU President Julius Nyerere addressing audience in Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar Es Salaam. Audience listening (4 shots)
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Background: Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere has accused Britain of cold-blooded murder, deceit and treachery over the killing last Thursday (10 January) of Patriotic Front guerrillas by Rhodesian security forces. He called in Mr. Peter Moon, the British High Commissioner on Saturday (12 January) to deliver an angry protest in front of the assembled envoys of other Commonwealth countries.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (13 January) President Nyerere reiterated his protests during a speech delivered at Dar Es Salaam's Diamond Jubilee Hall. He said he hoped Britain would call a halt to what he described as its crimes in Rhodesia. He hinted that if it did not, Tanzania may take tougher action and perhaps break diplomatic relations, as it did in 1965 when Rhodesia made its unilateral declaration of independence.
Dr. Nyerere said he understood that 13 Patriotic Front guerrillas had been killed in the past few days, seven of them by security forces while they were trying to reach an assembly point. The President was referring to Rhodesia's Governor Lord Soames when he said the Governor has tried to justify the security forces's action by saying they were within their rights, but, Dr. Nyerere added, "We consider that action cold-blooded murder".
President Nyerere said the British were not using the Commonwealth monitoring forces to receive the guerrillas and escort them to assembly areas as laid down in the Lancaster House agreement. Instead, he complained, they were using troops of the former Salisbury Administration who should have been confined to their barracks.
Referring to what possible action Tanzania may undertake if the President's verbal protests fell fruitless, Dr. Nyerere said his government protested at British inaction over the Salisbury Administration's declaration of UDI by breaking diplomatic relations, but Britain's inaction then was less of a crime than their present participation in the murder of the Rhodesian people.