• Short Summary

    Fist-fights broke out tonight (Monday) in Westminster Central Hall, London, as right-wing militants tried to break up a mass rally called to oppose British arms sales to South Africa.

  • Description

    Fist-fights broke out tonight (Monday) in Westminster Central Hall, London, as right-wing militants tried to break up a mass rally called to oppose British arms sales to South Africa.

    The fights erupted as speeches were howled down by chants of "stand by the whites", "put Britain first" and "reds out". Police removed a number of dissidents form among the 3,000-strong audience.

    First speaker to suffer from the hecklers was Miss Bernadette Devlin, the 21-year-old civil rights champion and Member of Parliament from Northern Ireland.

    The meeting, held on the eve of the controversial arms issue debate at the Commonwealth summit meeting in Singapore, was sponsored by religious, political and trade union organisations.

    Another speaker was drowned by shouts of "traitor, traitor" and people singing of the patriotic song "Rule Britannia". Mr. Dennis Healey, former Labour Defence Minister, managed to make himself heard above the commotion:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA18NSY35NBLBSDPBYSRFI08FUV
    Media URN:
    VLVA18NSY35NBLBSDPBYSRFI08FUV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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