There is widespread reaction in the Arab World to the proposals of Jordan's King Hussein for two partly-autonomous Jordanian states on both sides of the River Jordan.
GV PAN People in Martyr's square read newspapers
SV Men reading newspapers
SCU Newspaper headlines with picture of King Hussein
SV INT Mr. Bassam Zayed speaking (in Arabic)
PEOPLE READING NEWSPAPERS: NEWSPAPER HEADLINES WITH PICTURE OF KING HUSSEIN: MR. BASSAM ZAYED SPEAKING (IN ARABIC).
This is a rough translation of Mr. Bassam Zayed's statement.
"We consider that the last programme given by King Hussein is part of the liquidatory plans of imperialism in the area. We refuse this not only by saying that--but we will fight it by revolutionary violence, because our aim, as Palestinian revolutionaries, is to liberate Palestine, and regain for our masses their rights in Palestine, and not to create a puppet state which is exploited and dependent on the Israelis and the reactionaries."
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Background: There is widespread reaction in the Arab World to the proposals of Jordan's King Hussein for two partly-autonomous Jordanian states on both sides of the River Jordan.
In Beirut on Wednesday (15 March) news of the proposals was carried by the newspapers, but there were no public demonstrations and there were only the usual crowds around the newspaper stands.
Reaction from Palestinian Organisations was strong, however, and this film contains a statement from Mr. Bassam Zayed--a spokesman for the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine--given to Visnews soon after the publication of the King's proposals.
SYNOPSIS: There was relative quiet in the streets of Beirut on Wednesday when news of King Hussein's proposals for two partly autonomous states on both sides of the Jordan River was published.
However, a spokesman for the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine gave this view.....