A two-man Dutch television crew who have just completed filming a documentary on the activities of MPLA rebels fighting the Portuguese Army in Angola held a Press Conference in Lusaka on Wednesday (June 16).
GV Dutch TV team talk to pressmen
MV & CU Members of team to press. (SOUND)
Transcript Seq. 2: Member: "When we arrived after three days walking we got in an ambush and we had to retire. The Portuguese were very active because the tenth of June is a day in Portugal to have a feast or such like, a day for remembering a Portuguese poet, isn't it? We have seen the Guerrillas wearing Portuguese uniforms, using weapons captured from the Portuguese. They are very proud of having some Portuguese boots, because they seem to be of very good quality. They even captured some food from the Portuguese. We happened to see that. This is a piece of napalm we got in (INDISTINCT) which is a small village. The bomb was put between twenty and twenty eight February of 1970. With a small bomb you can damage the crop. This is proof of the (INDISTINCT) bombs. My impression is that the film we make will have a big impact, because it will be a film of about an hour in colour and I hope it will be shown in many countries. And I think we were able to give (INDISTINCT) structure of the civilian society being built up in the liberated areas."
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Background: A two-man Dutch television crew who have just completed filming a documentary on the activities of MPLA rebels fighting the Portuguese Army in Angola held a Press Conference in Lusaka on Wednesday (June 16).
Speaking to African pressmen, they described how the guerrilla fighters are using weapons, uniforms and boots captured from the Portuguese. They displayed a piece of metal which they said came from a napalm bomb used against the guerrillas by Government forces. They showed leaves from a dead cassava plant, allegedly poisoned from the air by the Portuguese.
Their visit to Angola had been arranged by the MPLA Support Group of the Lusaka based organisation Africa, 2000.