Rhodesia: Final Break

After nearly four years of uncertain status as a rebel colony, Rhodesia last week voted to make its break with Britain final, formally ending any search for constitutional accommodation or legality. In a referendum, white voters decided to declare Rhodesia a republic, with a new constitution that ensures white rule and gives the government police-state powers on the model of South Africa. Since only 6,600 of Rhodesia's 4,818,000 blacks had any say in the matter, the decision on the constitution was made by a minuscule minority of the country: 55,000 votes to 21,000.

The document they approved is a model...

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