Portuguese troops on Tuesday (10 September) ousted white-led dissidents from Mozambique's main radio station in the capital, Lourence Marques -- seized three days earlier in pretest against the handing over of power to African nationalists.
GV Radio station with flags over balconies
SV Police chiefs arrive to talk with MFM, and embraced by crowds
SV Members of MFM on balcony
SV Police chiefs entering building
SCU MFM supporters embrace members of volunteer force
GV Portuguese flag draped on balcony
SV & CU Crowds outside station listening to official announcement (3 shots)
SV Armed guard on balcony
SV MFM Man explains reasons for handover to crowd (2 shots)
GTV Crowd and troops outside station
SV Soldiers in position outside station
SCU Rifles and rocket launcher held by troops
SV Troops move through crowd towards station
SV PAN Troops advancing on crowd
SV Crowd gesticulates against advancing troops
GV Troops and military vehicles including APC amongst crowd
LV & GV Africans parading past Lourence Marques Airport building (2 shots)
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Background: Portuguese troops on Tuesday (10 September) ousted white-led dissidents from Mozambique's main radio station in the capital, Lourence Marques -- seized three days earlier in pretest against the handing over of power to African nationalists.
Amid growing unrest in the capital, the Army moved in after the self-styled "Movement for a Free Mozambique" had announced a decision to abandon the radio station.
The white militants said they were withdrawing because of the escalating black violence in African shanty towns in and around Lourence Marques. But they said they wanted to hand it over to police, not to the army.
The defiance of Mozambique's white settlers against the independence agreement signed in Lusaka on Saturday (7 September) led to outbursts of violence in the capital. At least 47 people died and hundreds more were injured.
The white militants -- many of them ex-servicemen -- claimed that the Lusaka agreement was a sell-out to the guerrillas who waged war against Portugal for ten years. The agreement provides for a Frelime-led provisional government and full independence next June.
The violence in Lourence Marques, was centred mainly in the African shanty towns around the city's airport. On Monday night (9 September), Portuguese troops occupied the airport and closed it to all traffic.