• Short Summary

    In Britain, one of the largest police turnouts in recent history - an estimated 5,000 officers -- prevented potentially ugly clashes between National Front supporters and opposition Anti-Nazi and left-wing followers in election canvassing on Saturday (25 February).

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    In Britain, one of the largest police turnouts in recent history - an estimated 5,000 officers -- prevented potentially ugly clashes between National Front supporters and opposition Anti-Nazi and left-wing followers in election canvassing on Saturday (25 February). Massive ??? of police blocked roadways leading to a high school where 600 right-wing National Front members held a rally for their candidate in a forthcoming bye-election. Most of the 28 reported arrests came during a brief skirmish between police and left-wing pickets outside IIford County High School.

    SYNOPSIS: Knowing that National Front members and their ??? had clashed violently in the past, shopkeepers in the High street of Barkingside, a north ??? suburb, boarded up their windows.

    Barkingside police station was the nerve centre for the gigantic police operation. Outside was a notice from the Metropolitan Commissioner of Police, Sir David McNes, banning street marchers. This two month ban forced the National Front to cancel as proposed march.

    Anti Nazi-party members were blocked hundred of yards from the school. Their spokesman, Peter Hain, a former Young Liberal chairman, had promised peaceful process from the one thousand demonstrators. There were few incidents.

    National Front members assembled a few miles away in the north of the constituency. The Front's national organiser, Mr Martin Webster, marshalled them and organised distribution of almost 40 thousand leaflets for their candidate Mr John Hughes.

    The party members, whose main aim is to repatriate Britain's two million coloured immigrants, then distributed leaflets to local residents. Later they went to the high school, where police had set up their impenetrable security net. Candidate Hughes faced an overflew crowd, some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles. Race was his subject.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA19DF36PISDQV2UEBTXTRK23U1
    Media URN:
    VLVA19DF36PISDQV2UEBTXTRK23U1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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