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ZAMBIA- A Momentous Year

classified not as Commonwealth citizens but as 'aliens'. This will mean that they will lose the right to vote, to sit on a jury, to appeal against deportation and to become automatically naturalised after a set period. They will have to report periodically to ft police station to prove their whereabouts. They will be allowed by voucher to work in a reserved capacity in a specific job for a certain length of time with no automatic right to having their dependants with them. This of course means that such an alien won't be able to change his job without permission, perhaps not at all. He will be expected to live in a particular place and there may be areas in cities with quotas of alien density which could in effect restrict the growth of black communities. This is not to protest that the ghet- toes that exist are in themselves desirable, but as in the US, naked deprivation is fast becoming the basis of political organisation. Three demonstrations have recently been held in London's Notting Hill, one organised by white radical groups, to protest police brutality against black people in the area ironically known as 'the grove'. It has disturbed the Home Secretary sufficiently to order an inquiry into the activities of black people's groups. In certain Midland towns immigrant areas overlay and begin to blanket parliamen tary constituencies. In London the dispersal has begun. Brixton, south London's Harlem, is up for redevelopment, its black citizens for redispeisal into the council-house cultures of the polite white suburbs. The similarity of effect between the Tory 'reservation' idea and the liberal slum-clearance may not amount to a conspiracy. It doesn't need to be

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