July 6, 1976, Forty Years Ago

Today in history

By: Editorial | Published:July 6, 2016 1:13 am

Idi Amin’s Anger

Uganda deserves the right to retaliate in whatever way it can to redress the aggression against it in the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport, President Idi Amin said. In a message to the UN secretary general and chairman of Organisation of African Unity, Amin said: “I request that international organisations for which you are respective spokesmen should be fully briefed on this incident and that Israel should be condemned in the strongest possible terms for this aggression.” Amin also claimed that “the aggressors” killed a number of Ugandans and injured many others and damaged a lot of property.

Israel Defiant

An accompanying story quoted an Israeli spokesperson in Paris, who said his government had “absolute and irrefutable proof” that President Amin was “in collusion with the guerillas” and that he aided them “morally and materially”. The Israeli government obtained this information from questioning the freed hostages and “material evidence found on the spot at Entebbe airport”, he said.

UN Talks Tough

UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim said the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport was “the serious violation of the sovereignty of a member”. He also said “it will be up to the Security Council to decide what decision to take against Israel”.

Anti-racism March

An estimated 10,000 men, women and children participated in an anti-racist march in London. Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and “the sober-minded whites who believe that the racists’ hate-Asian campaign may harm Britain’s interest, carrying banners and shouting slogans, marched to No 10, Downing Street, to present Prime Minister James Callaghan a memorandum asking for an inquiry into the illegal activities of racist bodies and measures to combat racist violence.

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