South West Africa Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO) supporters held a rally in Dar Es Salaam on Tuesday (26 August) to commemorate 14 years of armed struggle in Namibia.
GV Tanzanian youths, with brass band marching along street carrying placards (pictures of Julius Nyerere -- Tanzanian President and SWAPO president, Sam Nujoma), women in uniform and troops marching (4 shots)
GV Crowd arriving at meeting
SV OAU Liberation Committee representative, Laban Oyaka addresses crowd, crowd listening (2 shots)
SV Group of SWAPO youths singing revolutionary songs (2 shots)
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Background: South West Africa Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO) supporters held a rally in Dar Es Salaam on Tuesday (26 August) to commemorate 14 years of armed struggle in Namibia. The rally was attended by a representative of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.), who pledged support for the SWAPO cause and a determination to install majority rule in southern Africa. But, before the rally began there was a march.
SYNOPSIS: The crowd marched through the streets of Dar Es Salaam led by Tanzanian youths. Among them were members of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the country's only political party, the National Service Band and members of SWAPO, who carried pictures of the Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, and SWAPO leader, Sam Nujoma.
It was 14 years ago on Monday that the SWAPO forces began their guerrilla operations against South Africa in Namibia. SWAPO claims its armed struggle is becoming increasingly effective, and that it's also winning the war of diplomacy around the world.
The crowd arrived at a commemorative meeting to hear speeches on the history and prospects of the SWAPO struggle. One of the speakers was Laban Oyaka, the assistant executive secretary of the O.A.U. liberation committee. He told the rally that the O.A.U. will support SWAPO until it gains final victory in Namibia. Mr. Oyaka also warned South Africa that they will fight to get majority rule throughout southern Africa.