Non-Interference with Captured Cruiseship Urged on Kennedy
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
January 26, 1961
The press release says George M. Houser, Executive Director of the American Committee on Africa, has urged President Kennedy to continue not to interference with the capture of the Portuguese cruise ship Santa Maria by Henrique Malta Galvao. Houser also sent telegrams to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Under Secretary of State Chester Bowles, and G. Mennen Williams, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. The telegram, included with the press release, says Galvao was a Portuguese overseas inspector in Angola who was imprisoned in 1951 for his report critical of Portugal’s forced labor system in Angola, that the seizure of ship has definite implications for Portuguese colonial policy in Africa, and the seizure has widespread African support. American interference will be interpreted as another indication of U.S. sympathy for colonial rule.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections