Rhodesian Elections are a fraud Hayakawa no support for racist Rhodesia
A picket was organized by the Southern Africa Organizing Committee at the San Francisco, California office of Senator S. I. Hayakawa protesting the "internal elections" in Rhodesia and his sanctions-busting efforts in Congress. Hayakawa had close ties to the illegal Ian Smith regime and had visited Rhodesia. With the independence of neighboring Mozambique in 1975, the guerrilla war became increasingly successful. In an attempt to counter the guerrilla war, in April 1979 Smith and some internal African leaders, primarily Bishop Abel Muzorewa, reached an "internal settlement" and scheduled elections. The settlement and elections were opposed by ZAPU and ZANU and the international community as fraudulent and not bringing true majority rule. Muzorewa became Prime Minister on June 1, 1979 and Smith became Minister without Portfolio.
Photo used by permission of Neal Cassidy.
Collection: Southern Africa Committee photo archive