Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #568) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #568)
Transcript: with a substantial and deeply entrenched white population group which has been in this country for three centuries and which knew the country as well as ourselves. They had a highly trained army which was deployed strategically throughout the country and which was familiar with the conditions in which it would be fighting. We felt that it would be fatal to model our own tactics on the basis of what had happened in other countries and that whether we should start from inside or outside the country should be determined strictly by our conditions. In our view the way in which guerilla warfare had started in the Portuguese territories of Angola, Mozambique and Portuguese Guinea seemed a better guide for our plans than Cuba, China and Israel and we urged that we should develop our armed struggle mainly from adjacent territories.
To us the argument that the adjacent territories might not be free for 50 years was largely academic because the British were already pulling out of Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho. We could not accept the argument that we should continue to base our future plans on "Operation Mayibuye", a document which was still under discussion when the police raided Rivonia and which was now in the hands of the enemy. The latter fact required the working out of an altogether different plan and we were sure that this was what our people were doing abroad.
"Operation Mayibuye" had conceeded that the absence of friendly borders and impregnable natural bases from which to operate were both disadvantages. But the document went on to make the vital point that more important than friendly borders and impregnable natural bases was the support of our people who in certain situations were a better protection then mountains and forests. This was a
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