Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin was manhandled by an assailant as he walked through Ottawa with his host, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau today (Monday).
Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin was manhandled by an assailant as he walked through Ottawa with his host, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau today (Monday). A man in his thirties, believed to be a Hungarian refugee, jumped onto Mr Kosygin's back after breaking through a cordon of red-coated Mounties and plain-clothes police.
He was dragged off shouting pro-Hungarian and anti-Russian slogans. Mr Kosygin's jacket had been half-pulled off. But though shaken, the Soviet Prime Minister was unhurt and was later able to carry on with his scheduled engagements. Mr Trudeau described the attack as a humiliating event for Canadians.
Film of the incident comes by satellite from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. We apologise for the poor quality of this telerecording. The coverage is preceded by film of demonstration the previous day, when about 800 demonstrators marched on the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa shouting anti-Russian slogans.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators gathered outside the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa on Sunday -- the day Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin started his official visit to Canada. The crowd, about eight-hundred strong, chanted slogans calling for freedom for Ukrainians. Latvians, and other ethnic groups. Police kept the crowd at a distance from the Embassy. At one point the demonstrators rushed the cordon and two people wee arrested.
Worse was to come on Monday. After three hours of talks, Mr Kosygin and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau emerged to take an impromptu walk together. After a moment's confusion, securitymen and Mounties cleared a path through the newsmen. Then a man launched himself through the cordon and grabbed Mr. Kosygin from behind. The assailant was dragged off shouting pro-Hungarian and anti-Russian slogans. Mr Kosygin was shaken but unhurt. His assailant was still being questioned on Monday night. So were two other men, believed of Hungarian extraction, who were charged with possessing explosives. Two bombs and several Molotov cocktails had been found earlier near the Soviet embassy.