It is ten years (January 21, 1973) since the assassination of Amilcar Cabral, the Guinea-Bissau guerrilla leader.
VISLIB 1972 (MUTE)
SV INTERIOR Dr Amilcar Cabral meeting delegates at guerilla leaders conference in Algeria. (2 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Guinea-Bissau guerrillas training with mortars and field guns. (3 SHOTS)
SV Radio operators sending morse by key.
LV Guerrilla troops in field.
FOY 1983 (SOUND)
SV INTERIOR Former Senegalese President Leopold Senghor speaking from rostrum as delegates listen. (2 SHOTS)
SV Verde Island's President Aristides Pereira speaking from rostrum as delegates listen. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: It is ten years (January 21, 1973) since the assassination of Amilcar Cabral, the Guinea-Bissau guerrilla leader. Dr. Cabral founded the African Independence Party for Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) in 1956 and led the struggle against Portuguese control of Guinea-Bissau. He was murdered in Conakry, the capital of neighbouring Guinea where he had set up headquarters after winning the backing of its President, Sekou Toure. Just prior to his death, Dr. Cabral told a conference of guerrilla leaders in Algeria that he was organising a freely-elected national assembly in Guinea-Bissau and forecast he would be able to declare independence there during 1973. His guerrilla forces received arms from the Soviet Union. They conducted hit-and-run raids at nights on Portuguese patrols and outposts, then dissolved into the bush by day to avoid aircraft raids on their camps. At the tenth anniversary commemoration of Amilcar Cabral's death held in Praia, Cape Verde, tributes were paid by the former-President of Senegal, Leopold Senghor, the politician and writer who befriended the late revolutionary leader. The President of Cape Verde, Aristides Pereira also paid his respects to Dr. Cabral.