STATEMENT MADE BY GEORGE M. HOUSER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON AFRICA ON THE CHARGES MADE BY THE PORTUGUESE AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
November 17, 1961
American Committee on Africa
The statement says the newly-founded organization in Boston called the Portuguese-American Committee (ACOA) on Foreign Affairs has called for a Congressional investigation of the American Committee on Africa because it is supporting communist goals in Africa. The statement says the reason they attack is that ACOA has specifically condemned Portuguese policies of domination and exploitation in Angola and other territories of Africa. The statement says ACOA has said in publications and public statements that the Portuguese system of forced labor is only one short step above slave labor; that the educational system for Africans in Angola and Mozambique is the least developed in Africa as statistics on literacy will prove, and that the Africans in Portuguese African territories are effectively removed from any political involvement in the machinery of their countries. ACOA has pointed to the brutal destruction and loss of life wrought by the Portuguese armed forces indiscriminately on the African people in northern Angola. With the statement is a copy of an Associated Press story on the Portuguese American Committee on Foreign Affairs demand that Congress investigate the American Committee on Africa.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections