Crowds of banner waving Africans greeted Mr Duncan Sandys, Britain's Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, when he arrived at Salisbury's Federal Assembly building Jan 30 for the resumed Southern Rhodesia constitutional talks.
GV Assembly building
SV PAN.. Women demonstrators with banners "Sandys accepting Edgar's proposal causing another Cyprus
SV PAN.. Police removing demonstrators
CU Poster upside down, PAN to others
SCU Mr Harper, leader of the opposition conversing
CU PAN.. DITTO to posters
GV Duncan Sandys arrives
CU Sandys walks to demonstrators and looks at banners
SV Sandys collecting banners
SV Mr Abrahamson, Minister of Labour, arrives
SV Demonstrators shout and wave arms
GV Joshua Nkomo and party arrive
CU Nkomo and party walk to building
SV Women wave
CU Two shots.. Nkomo being refused admission until he produces pass
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Background: Crowds of banner waving Africans greeted Mr Duncan Sandys, Britain's Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, when he arrived at Salisbury's Federal Assembly building Jan 30 for the resumed Southern Rhodesia constitutional talks.
Banner slogans read: "Sandys accepting Edgar's (Premier Sir Edgar Whitehead) Proposal Causing Another Cyprus," and "Welcome Duncan but don't sell 3,000,000 people to the vultures." This did not seem to deter Mr Sandys, who smilingly asked the demonstrators for their banners. "Let us have these, then we shall just know what you want," he said, and took them with him into the conference room.
As delegates arrived, a yelling crowd greeted delegates with either cheers or shouts of disapproval according to his party. Soon after the conference began, police crowd-control squads were called out to disperse the increasing crowd. Africans objected vociferously, especially the women, and a few scuffles took place. Two Africans were arrested.
The Jan 30 conference session began its final review of Southern Rhodesia's constitution. Previous sessions in London and Salisbury, have resolved many of us clauses under review, but European and African delegates have so far failed to agree on changes in the franchise, the introduction into the constitution of a Bill of Rights, and the creation of a council of State.