Portugal: Showdown

In his office in a dirt-floored converted bar in Leopoldville, Angola Rebellion Leader Holden Roberto happily waved a grimy letter on blue airmail paper. The exhausted courier who carried it over the border was already fast asleep in one corner. The letter, said Roberto, reported that rebel operations were now spreading southward in Angola.

Since the rebellion began in the north four months ago, Roberto estimates perhaps 25,000 Angolans have been killed, some 1,000 Portuguese. Neutral observers estimate more conservatively that 4.000 rebels have been killed, some 1.200 loyalists, including 500 whites. 700 loyal blacks. Says Roberto: "We can keep...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!