The Prime Minster of the newly independent South Pacific republic Vanuatu, Father Walter Lini, has been visiting the island of Espiritu Santo where Papua New Guinea troops crushed a rebel movement this month (September).
SV Vanuatu Prime Minister Father Walter Lini walking down aircraft steps and being greeted by Colonel Ian Glanville in charge of the Papua New Guinea Peace force on the island of Espiritu Santo
SV PAN Father Lini inspecting damaged copra mill dynamited by rebels (2 shots)
CU & SV Car damaged by rebels
SV PAN From damaged car To Father Lini and his party walking
SV & CU Prime Minister and party looking at guns stacked outside the Papua New Guinea defence force headquarters (6 shots)
SV Land Rover with sign on front saying "danger explosives." (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Prime Minister and party looking at recovered bow and arrow from bush in warehouse (2 shots)
SV & GV Good in warehouse (2 shots)
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Background: The Prime Minster of the newly independent South Pacific republic Vanuatu, Father Walter Lini, has been visiting the island of Espiritu Santo where Papua New Guinea troops crushed a rebel movement this month (September). The troops overran the northern village of Port Olry on Saturday September the ninth but the legacy of the rebellion-hatred and economic devastation-could last for years.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Lini was greeted on his arrival at Espiritu Santo by the officer in charge of the Papua New Guinea force, Colonel Ian Glanville. It was Father Lini who ordered the force onto the island to quash the secessionist rebellion led by Jimmy Stevens. One of his first stops was at the island's copra mill which had been dynamited by the rebels.
This car also took a battering. The Papua New Guinea troops took two weeks to end the revolt but Father Linin says it could take two years for Espiritu Santo, the largest and richest of the eighty islands in the Vanuatu archipelago, to recover economically.The rebels had been armed with light firearms and bows and arrows and were no match for trained soldiers.
This van was boobytrapped. About four thousand people fled the island when Jimmy Stevens took over. As they gradually returned many found their homes stripped bare. The Papua New Guinea troops found a warehouse containing goods taken by the rebels. Mr Stevens a bearded former bulldozer driver with twenty-six wives suffered dearly for his part in the revolt. His son, Eddie, was the only person to die during the rebellion. Mr Stevens claims nearly all the French settlers on the island, about sixteen hundred, aided the rebellion. Authorities in the Vanuatu capital villa say the rebels, encouraged by some senior French officials wanted to form a confederation with New Caledonia.