INTRODUCTION: A mass rally has been held in the Angolan capital of Luanda, to demonstrate support for the independence movement in neighbouring Namibia.
GV PAN Crowds of young people with banners gathered in Luanda square.
SV Man addressing crowd.
SV Angolans watching and listening to speech. (2 SHOTS)
SV Same man addressing crowd from stage.
SCU Crowd listening.
CU Young man in crowd listening.
SV Crowd waving banners and flags. (SHOTS)
SV Anjela Bragansa, Second National Secretary of Angolan Youth Organisation
SV Newsmen filming crowds. (4 SHOTS)
SV Youth representatives seated on platform.
SV, GV Members of crowd and crowd watching.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A mass rally has been held in the Angolan capital of Luanda, to demonstrate support for the independence movement in neighbouring Namibia. The rally, held in Luanda's biggest square on Sunday (19 April), was supported by thousands of workers, students and troops.
SYNOPSIS: Angola is the main backer of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) guerrilla movement which is fighting for the independence of Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa.
Speakers sharply criticised the attitude of the United States, accusing the new Reagan government of openly supporting what they described as puppet regimes in the region; a direct reference to Pretoria's influence over the Namibian administration. The rally came just one day after a brief visit by America's Secretary of State-designate for African Affairs, Chester Crocker, during the course of an 11-nation African "policy review" tour.
Any impact made by Mr. Crocker on the Angolan government has not influenced people like Anjela Bragansa, a leader in the Angolan Youth Organisation. She said subversive activities by the White House could cause further international tension and new aggravation, and indefinitely delay Namibia's independence. Speakers also bitterly denounced South Africa, describing its policies as aggressive towards Angola and other border states.