The death tell, after nine days of violence in Rhodesia, now stands at 14. Rioting?
GV Street scene in Salisbury
SV INT. Members of press at conference
SCU Bishop speaking
BISHOP: "I believe that the suppression of self-expression, of freedom of speech, of many of the oppressive activities that are going on throughout the last six years or so, I believe very definitely that at this time, when there is bit of relaxation of self-expression, that these frustrations and these feelings that have been bottled up are coming out. And I think that any man of psychology would agree with that.
REPORTER: Do you expect the outbreaks of violence to continue?
BISHOP: I do not expect them in the way, in the appreciated way. But I think that from what I've observed so far, there could be more violence. Again, I go back to my psychological explanation. It seems at this time that long-stilled feelings are being expressed.
REPORTER: Would you say that the government is bound to take some action, with the violence going on as it has been for the last week or so?
BISHOP: I would feel that, in knowing the government in this country, it is possible that they will do that. But that will be just finding a scapegoat.
REPORTER: Is it not their duty to take some action, so that things don't get out of hand?
BISHOP: Well, that's what I'm saying. Knowing the government in this country, it is possible they could do something. But I think it should be made clear that whether those outbursts are expressed now or not, I mean if they are suppressed now, they are bound to come out some day."
The sound on film is the Bishop answering reporters' questions. A transcript follows.
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Background: The death tell, after nine days of violence in Rhodesia, now stands at 14. Rioting has occurred mainly in areas where members of a British commission have been trying to toot opinion on the terms of an independence settlement for Rhodesia.
The apearhead of the African anti-settlement feeling is the African National Council, lead by its chairman, Bishop Abel Muzor???. The A.N.C. claims that Rhodesia's white minority regime is not allowing normal political activities during campaigning on the settlement issue.
In Salisbury on Thursday (20 January), Bishop Muzorewa held a press conference. He said that there could be more violence, and blamed alleged oppressive activities over the past six years.