A rally in the central Angolan city of Nova Lisboa last Sunday (21 September) appeared to be in preparation for another confrontation between the three rival Angolan liberation movements.
GV Crowd gathered on street
SV UNITA security guards watching
MV Women dancing and chanting in street
SV UNITA Secretary General Puna walks through crowds with rifle over shoulder
SV UNITA insignia ZOOM OUT TO GV crowed outside UNITA headquarters
CU Puna addressing crowd
GV Troops and supporters listen to Puna speaking (4 shots)
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Background: A rally in the central Angolan city of Nova Lisboa last Sunday (21 September) appeared to be in preparation for another confrontation between the three rival Angolan liberation movements. Supporters of UNITA (United Party for the Total Independence of Angola) turned up in force to meet the movements' s second-in-command and Secretary-General, Miquel N'Zau Puna.
Puna told the crowd that UNITA is thoroughly prepared for an attack on UNITA-held nova Lisboa by the rival groups MPLA (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) and the FNLA (the National Front for the Liberation of Angola) when Portugal grants Angola independence in November after four hundred years of colonial rule.
So far UNITA has been a poor third to the MPLA and then the FNLA in the popularity stakes with Angolans but seems to be gaining more support.
Puna's popular with the people and is considered an able military commander as well as an astute politician. he's drawing support from all sections of the community and putting the people in a fighting mood for what's to come -- the hopeful re-taking of positions lost in recent battles.