PEOPLE'S WAR IN ANGOLA: REPORT ON THE FIRST EASTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE MPLA
by Roy Harvey, Liberation Support Movement
Seattle, Washington, United States
Liberation Support Movement
The pamphlet says: just over two years ago, in May 1966, the armed struggle began in the Eastern Region of Angola; this Third Region of the MPLA is now entering a new phase of the revolution; the Portuguese, have become increasingly isolated in their diminishing number of posts; they are dependent on aircraft for supplies, troop movement on the ground is subject to certain ambush; the sole purpose of the Portuguese in the Eastern Region is to stall: stall the MPLA at all costs before they turn the eastern part of Angola (an area four times the size of Portugal) into a fully liberated base area. The pamphlet says the Portuguese rely on the traditional reactionary trump card: air power; meanwhile, MPLA organizes the people, builds clinics and schools (Centers for Revolutionary Instruction), combats the tribalism which the Portuguese have for centuries found advantageous in maintaining the disunity of the Angolan people. The pamphlet says American bombers, American napalm, and American helicopters that were being used against the Angolan people and the U.S. government was a major (if silent) backer of Portuguese colonialism. The pamphlet discusses MPLA President Agostinho Neto , Eastern Regional Director Anibal de Melo, Tom Chibaye, Don Barnett, Maria Carlos (acting head of the Angolan Women's Organization), Commander Spartacus Monimambu, MPLA guerillas, and President Kaunda.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.