In 1965, Ian Smith sent a telegram notifying British Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Universal Declaration of Independence at precisely 1 p.m. local time (11 a.m. in London) on 11 November, at the precise moment that the UK started its traditional two minutes of silence to mark the end of World War I and honour its war dead. The not-so-hidden message to 'kith and kin,' as Smith put it, recalled Southern Rhodesia's assistance and allegiance to the UK in its time of need in World War I and II. British High Commissioner John Barnes Johnston, who disliked Smith, emptied the High Commission building of all official documents and left Rhodesia. Smith gave strict instructions to his government not to harm the High Commission building in any way, much to Johnston's surprise. The international community condemned UDI, and the High Commission staff were assaulted and spat upon by Rhodesian soldiers as they departed Salisbury.
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