TWO ANGOLAN LIBERATION MOVEMENTS RECONCILED
by Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Undated, about late June or July 1972
The report says two movements fighting for the liberation of Angola from Portuguese control are reported to have reconciled and agreed to form a united front. At the recent summit conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) held in Rabat, Morocco, Agostinho Neto and Holden Roberto, leaders of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the Angolan Revolutionary Government in Exile (GRAE), respectively, embraced each other, symbolically affirming their decision. The report says Amilcar Cabral, leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), recently announced that elections will be held for the first time in the liberated zones of Portuguese Guinea to choose a national assembly. During May and early June, South Africa witnessed the first large-scale protest among its privileged white population in its recent history; 200 people were arrested in Johannesburg as police responded brutally with tear gas and clubs. A ban on "riotous assemblies" was enforced in 16 cities. Although most students at Afrikaans universities supported the government's action, 1,000 signatures protesting police violence were collected at Stellenbosch University, cradle of Afrikaner nationalism. The report discussed Zaire, Bakongo peoples, the UN Committee for Decolonization, UNESCO, apartheid, Abraham Tiro, and the African University of the North at Turfloop. • TWO ANGOLAN LIBERATION MOVEMENTS RECONCILED • ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN LIBERATED ZONES OF PORTUGUESE GUINEA • SOUTH AFRICAN WHITES PROTEST GOVERNMENT POLICIES [Note on date: the speech by Abraham Tiro referred to in the report was given at his graduation ceremony in 1972 and the OAU meeting was in June 1972.]
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers