Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith marked the 10th anniversary of his country's independence at midnight on Monday (10 November) by declaring that his beleaguered government would never resort to appeasement.
GV ZOOM IN ON Pretty lights over Salisbury street
SV INT Smith and others singing Auld Lang Syne in chain at midnight (2 shots)
SV Smith rings bell as guests look on
SV Smith speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 4: IAN SMITH: "We know from experience that no country in history which has resorted to appeasement has ever been able to redeem the price which they paid by so doing. We have known this not only for the last ten years, even for a couple of years before that there were people who were trying to get us to give way on principle to resort to appeasement, and after ten years of independence they have still not succeeded but oddly enough they still go on trying. It takes all sorts to make a world."
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Background: Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith marked the 10th anniversary of his country's independence at midnight on Monday (10 November) by declaring that his beleaguered government would never resort to appeasement.
Rhodesia made its unilateral declaration of independence from Britain without British approval and during the ball at Salisbury's Tobacco Auction Hall Mr. Smith rang the country's independence bell. The bell is a former British warship's bell -- now a symbol of white ruled Rhodesia's rebellion against British rule.
By "appeasement" Mr. Smith probably meant satisfying the British government by bowing to conditions on black African participation in Rhodesia's government. There are twenty times more blacks than whites in Rhodesia.
After joining hands for the traditional song "Auld Lang Syne" as the anniversary came into force at midnight, Mr. Smith addressed the 800 guests at the ball. Part of his speech appears on film. A transcript follows.