INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union announced on Saturday (21 February)it was sending more warships to Mozambique, and warned it would back its ally against any further raids from South Africa.
GV EXTERIOR Regina Mundi Church in Soweto
SV Bishop Tutu arriving
SV Priests, some giving clenched-fist salute, and Bishop Tutu entering church with congregation standing (2 shots)
SCU Black priest speaking
GV & SV Congregation listening to Bishop Tutu speaking (4 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
PRIEST: (SEQ. 4) "We ask you, dear Lord, to please protect them. We ask you to return our land to us. We ask you Lord, to help us to drive the enemy to the sea."
TUTU: (SEQ. 5) "We say to the bereaved: be comforted. God is with you. We say to the black community: be comforted, be strengthened, God is with you. God is on your side because your cause is a just cause, because your cause is a righteous cause, and you will overcome. Freedom must come... We want to say firmly and clearly that we black people are peace-loving to a fault. But even we can be provoked. We can be provoked beyond endurance. Those whom many whites and their newspapers call terrorists, those are our sons, these are our brothers, those are our fathers, and not about political power sharing. Time is fast running out. It is almost half a minute to midnight. We know, we know, we know, we know we shall overcome evil; we know we shall overcome oppression, we know we shall overcome injustice and exploitation. We shall overcome."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union announced on Saturday (21 February)it was sending more warships to Mozambique, and warned it would back its ally against any further raids from South Africa. At the same time, Mozambique's President Samora Machel denounced last month's South African raid on Maputo as an act of war. In the commando strike on January the 30th, thirteen people died. They included 11 members of the African National Congress (ANC). A memorial service for them was held on Sunday (22 February) in South Africa's black township of Soweto.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of mourners were at Soweto's Regina Mundi church for the service conducted by Bishop Desmond Tutu, one of the most influential black critics of the government. This leading figure of the Anglican Church had his passport taken away last year. Since then, he's spoken out with undiminished vigour against South Africa's system of apartheid.
Just before Bishop Tutu made his address to the congregation, one of the priests prayed for South Africa to be returned to his people: