INTRODUCTION: More than 150,000 Angolans took part in one of the country's biggest most colourful May Day parades in Luanda since its independence in 1975.
GV Marchers down streets of Luanda carrying banners
SV Marchers with flags, and float going down street
SV Artificial flowers being carried
GV & SV Youths marching down street (2 shots)
GV Officials watching as children march past (2 shots)
SVs Men and women march past rostrum waving flags and artificial flowers (2 shots)
GV Large emblem carried on bicycles at head of procession
CU & PULL BACK TO SV Globe carried on float, with marchers following (2 shots)
CU Mast PULL BACK TO float of ship
SV Officials watching parade
SCU Cameraman filming as procession passes (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than 150,000 Angolans took part in one of the country's biggest most colourful May Day parades in Luanda since its independence in 1975. During the rally that followed, President Jose Eduardos Dos Santos told the huge crowd he believed the solution to the problem of Namibian independence lay in a negotiated settlement. He warned Angolans their country was facing a crisis of authority, and announced the start of a campaign to reinforce authority and discipline at all levels. The president said not enough concerted effort was being put into food production by farmers, and he believed foreign technicians and experts were needed to get the economy rolling.
SYNOPSIS: May Day celebrations were held in all provinces of Angola, but the two-hour parade in the capital, Luanda, was by far the most impressive.
At the rally which followed, President Dos Santos spoke of his country's current problems. He had declared the week before that the 20,000 Cuban troops in the country would be sent home once Namibia had achieved independence. He favoured a ceasefire between SWAPO Nationalist guerrillas and the South African administration there, to open the way for free elections under a United Nations resolution.
President Dos Santos said the constitutional guarantees for Namibian internal parties demanded by South Africa were only designed to reduce the strength of the SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation).
He considered the internal parties were afraid of competing with SWAPO on equal footing in free and democratic elections. Angola is SWAPO's main backer, but the president has rejected Pretoria's claims that South African attacks in southern Angola were in legitimate pursuit of Namibian guerrillas.
On the home front, the President said the crisis of authority was jeopardising the state's efforts to organise the country. He warned that this shortcoming was becoming so bad it could cause serious difficulties for the revolutionary process.