• Short Summary

    RHODESIA'S PREDOMINANTLY WHITE ELECTORATE YESTERDAY GAVE MR. IAN SMITH'S GOVERNMENT A CLEAR MANDATE TO DECLARE?

  • Description

    1.
    GV SALISBURY STREET SCENE (2 SHOTS)
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    2.
    SV IAN SMITH SPEAKING
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    TRANSCRIPT: SMITH: "SURELY, NOT ONE OF YOU HAS BEEN IN BY BRITISH INTENTIONS ON THIS POINT. HERE THEY HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY CONSTANT, AND THEY HAVE GONE SO FAR AS THE AGREE WITH MY ASSERTIONS THAT THEY ARE OBSESSED WITH MAJORITY RULE. THIS IS THE CRUS OF THE WHOLE ISSUE. WHEN WE CLEAR AWAY THE VERBIAGE AND THE RED HERRINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN DRAWN ACROSS THE TRAIL, YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF THIS ONE QUESTION. ARE YOU PREPARED TO ACCEPT A HAND-OVER? FOR SEVEN YEARS WE HAVE ANSWERED 'NO' TO THAT QUESTION, AND FOR SEVEN YEARS THE PROBLEM HAS REMAINED UNSOLVED. IF SOME PEOPLE STILL INSIST THAT THEY CAN SETTLE WITH THE BRITISH, THEN THE HONEST THING FOR THEM TO DO IS TO ADMIT THAT THEY ACCEPT A HANDOVER TO MAJORITY RULE. ONCE OUR DECISION IS MADE, IT WILL BRING WITH IT A SINCE OF SECURITY TO ALL. YOU WILL AGREE THAT THE QUESTION OF RACE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEMS THAT FACES MANKIND TODAY. WE HEAR OFTEN OF RACIAL CLASHES IN ASIA, IN AMERICA, IN EUROPE, IN AFRICA. THEREFORE DO NOT MINIMISE THE TASK WHICH WE ARE DEALING WHEN WE SET OUT TO GREAT CONDITIONS D IN RHODESIA WHICH WILL AVOID RACIAL CONFLICTS, CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THE RACES CAN RESPECT EACH OTHER, CAN ACKNOWLEDGE EACH OTHERS' RIGHTS AND PULL TOGETHER IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST."




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    Background: RHODESIA'S PREDOMINANTLY WHITE ELECTORATE YESTERDAY GAVE MR. IAN SMITH'S GOVERNMENT A CLEAR MANDATE TO DECLARE A REPUBLIC AND GO AHEAD WITH HIS NEW APARTHEID-STYLE CONSTITUTION. ON THURSDAY, ON THE EVE OF THE REFERENDUM, MR. SMITH WENT BEFORE THE NATION ON TELEVISION AND APPEALED FOR SUPPORT FOR HIS PLAN TO CREATE CONDITIONS IN THE COUNTRY WHICH WOULD "AVOID RACIAL CONFLICT."
    MR. SMITH URGED THE ELECTORATE NOT TO MINIMISE THE TASK WITH WHICH THEY WERE DEALING.

    WITH THREE-HEADQUARTERS OF THE VOTES COUNTED EARLY TODAY, 81 PER CENT OF THE 90-THOUSAND VOTERS HAD SHOWN THEMSELVES IN FAVOUR OF SEVERING ALL TIES WITH THE BRITISH CROWN, AND 72 PER CENT THAT THEY AGREED WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROPOSALS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBSOSXVZ11ZL1M0KN5H0O4EDI
    Media URN:
    VLVADBSOSXVZ11ZL1M0KN5H0O4EDI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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