Page 3, 13th July 1973

13th July 1973
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Page 3, 13th July 1973 — Atrocity allegation

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People: Caradon
Locations: Bissau


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Atrocity allegation

Cont. from Page 1 "We cannot remain silent when the Catholic Church in Portugal and in her African territories is thus silenced."

Fr. Hastings said that Catholic priests and laymen had been arrested for opposing wars in the Portuguese colonies of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. Detailed evidence of massacres carried out in the colonies by Portuguese soldiers was reported. Lord Caradon, former U.K. Ambassador to the United Nations, accused the British Government of betraying British interests in Africa.

He said that in selling arms to South Africa in defiance of the U.N. ban and in approving a settlement in Rhodesia which had been rejected by the Africans, the British Government had sided with white regimes determined to maintain domination over African majorities.

This policy alienated the Commonwealth, undermined the United Nations and forfeited British leadership in the world.

Yet despite British support for the repressive and divisive policies of Portugal and South Africa, the Portuguese Government had chosen to be an opponent of Britain by flouting sanctions against Rhodesia.

He went on: "Is it not amazing that the Prime Minister of a hostile Government engaged on frustrating our policies and damaging our interests should be received with flags and smiles and expurgated speeches?

"It would be incredible, it would be fantastic, if there were not one explanation. The simple and shameful explanation is that the British Government, as I have said, has sided with the white supremacy regimes of southern Africa against the African majorities."

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