British Member of Parliament and former conservative minister, Mr. Julian Amery launched a fierce attack?
GV EXTERIOR Central Hall, Westminster (2 shots)
SCU Amery speaking
This film is serviced with a section of Mr. Amery's speech. A transcript follows.
"We are not met here to defend the particular regime of Mr. Smith or Mr. Vorster in South Africa. But we do feel - and rightly - a sense of solidarity that Europe and Britain in particular has wrought in South Africa and in Rhodesia. A great civilising work bringing prosperity, law and order and justice on a scale unknown in the rest of the dark continent, to those two territories. And we refuse to accept that all this should be drowned in blood by Soviet imperialism and still less that any British government should have any had in turning on the tap of the bloodbath. Nor are we here to defend discrimination in any form, to which the regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa may subscribe. It is not racial tension which is the cause of the trouble today. it is Soviet imperialism. And let us never loss sight of the central cause of the problem which is presented to us. Soviet imperialism."
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Background: British Member of Parliament and former conservative minister, Mr. Julian Amery launched a fierce attack on what he called "Soviet imperialism" at a rally for Rhodesia, sponsored by the right-wing Monday Club in London on Tuesday (13 April).
Speaking at Central Hall, Westminster, Mr. Amery discounted racial tension as the cause of trouble in southern Africa at the moment. In most emphatic terms he blamed the Soviet Union for initiating aggression in the area.
He deplored the possibility of the "civilising work" of European settlers in southern Africa being "drowned in blood" by Soviet imperialism - and also expressed horror at the thought that any British government should "have any had in turning on the tap of the bloodbath".
Associated with the Monday Club in the organisation of the rally was a new group called S.A.F.O. - Southern Africa Friendship Organisation - which quotes its aims and objectives as: "to supply moral, physical and logistical support to any government or organisation fighting communist aggression in southern Africa".
S.A.F.O. also maintains that it is "the only organised body willing to assist the southern African peoples in their conflict with invading communist mercenaries".
SYNOPSIS: At a rally for Rhodesia organised by the right-wing Monday Club in London on Tuesday, British Member of Parliament and former conservative minister Julian Amery launched a fierce attack on the Soviet Union.