THE WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE PROVIDING PORTUGAL WITH THE ARMS TO FIGHT THE ANGOLAN PATRIOTS

Seattle, Washington, United States
1970
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 the Angolan people and the people in the other colonies; they make it possible to massacre the people, to transport troops and to supply bases in the controlled areas. The communique says 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, the parts being supplied by Great Britain. According to the English aeronautical journal Flying Review International the fascist Portuguese government has been negotiating a contract with Sud Aviation for the acquisition of a certain number of 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; it can carry 12 men, has a cruising speed of 552 kilometers at an altitude of 1,200 meters, and an interchangeable mounting for various arms. The communique says once again 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, who want only to live in peace, Independence and Freedom. The communique says Supplying such weapons to the fascist Portuguese government is a crime and we are convinced that the French and Italian peoples do not want to dirty their hands with the blood the Portuguese colonialists are shedding in their colonies. The communique says It is necessary to bring an immediate halt to the supply of these and other types of arms to Portugal and to take a firm stand at the side of the Angolan people fighting for their Independence. The communique discusses airplanes, bombers, 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, AB 205 Iroquois helicopters, the publication PORTUGAL AND NATO, Bell UH – Iroquois, and the Iroquois AB 205.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers