• Short Summary

    TWO YOUNG MEN HOISTED THE BRITISH FLAG OVER RHODESIA HOUSE EARLY TODAY (SUNDAY) AND THEN LASHED THEMSELVES TO THE FLAGPOLE TO THWART ATTEMPTS AT HAULING IT DOWN.

  • Description

    TWO YOUNG MEN HOISTED THE BRITISH FLAG OVER RHODESIA HOUSE EARLY TODAY (SUNDAY) AND THEN LASHED THEMSELVES TO THE FLAGPOLE TO THWART ATTEMPTS AT HAULING IT DOWN. THE MEN, BOTH SAID TO BE EXPERIENCED MOUNTAINEERS, USED A ROPE LADDER TO CLIMB TO THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING, WHICH HOUSES THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE IAN SMITH REGIME IN LONDON.

    ONCE THE FLAG WAS FLYING FROM THE MAST THE TWO MEN USED THE ROPE LADDER TO STRAP THEMSELVES TO THE METAL SUPPORTS SECURING THE POLE TO THE ROOF OF THE SIX-STOREY BUILDING IN LONDON'S STRAND. POLICE CALLED TO THE SPOT BY RHODESIA HOUSE OFFICIALS MADE AN ABORTIVE ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE FLAG WITH A LONG POLE, AND THEN GAVE UP.

    A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER SAID LATER; "THEY CAN STAY UP THERE. I AN NOT RISKING THEIR SAFETY OR THE SAFETY OF MY MEN IN A TUG-OF-WAR". A MAN WHO SAID HE WAS A FRIEND OF THE MEN SAID THEY BELONGED TO NO POLITICAL PARTY BUT FELT IT TIME THAT BRITAIN EXERTED ITS AUTHORITY IN RHODESIA.

    THE TWO MEN APPARENTLY INTEND TO STAY ON THE ROOF UNTIL TONIGHT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1769METHNHZD9SSMUWR0UTV64
    Media URN:
    VLVA1769METHNHZD9SSMUWR0UTV64
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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