Seattle, Washington, United States
Publisher: Liberation Support Movement
2 pages
Type: Statement
Coverage in Africa: Angola
Language: English
Reprint by Liberation Support Movement of a January 1970 communique by the Executive Committee of the MPLA. The communique says aircraft are among the most important weapons used by the Portuguese colonialists in their bloody repression of Angolan people and in the other colonies. They make it possible to massacre the people, to transport troops, and to supply bases in the controlled areas. Portugal does not manufacture aircraft, but it has an assembly industry which, between 1962 and 1967, put about 150 small planes of the AUSTER D 5/160 type in the air, with parts from Great Britain. According to the journal “Flying Review International,” Portugal has been negotiating a contract with Sud Aviation to acquire SA 30 Puma helicopters for the Portuguese Air Force. The Italian firm Agusta is licensed to sell the armed helicopter to Austria, Italy, Finland and Sweden, and now also to Portugal. The MPLA appeals to the governments of France, Italy and the other NATO countries not to collaborate in the genocidal war the Portuguese colonialists are waging against the peoples in their colonies. According to “Portugal and NATO,” the Portuguese Air Force possesses the following aircraft: Republic F-84 Thunderjet, the North American F-86 Sabre, the Fiat G-91, Cessna T-37 C, the North American Harvard T-3, the North American Harvard T-6, Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, the Lockheed P-2V Neptune, the Dornier DO-27, the Douglas B-26, the Nord 2502 Noratlas, the 47 Dakota, the C-54 Skymaster, the Beech C-45 Expeditor, the Holste Broussard, the JUNKER JU-52, the Fouga-Magister, the F-86K Sabre, the Alouette, Saro Skeeter, and Bell UH – Iroquois or AB 205 Iroquois helicopters.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers