• Short Summary

    SOME 5,000 DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF LAGOS THIS WEEK IN A PROTEST AGAINST THE INTERVENTION OF AMERICAN, FRENCH, BRITISH AND WEST GERMAN INTERESTS IN THE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN FEDERAL NIGERIA AND BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    SOME 5,000 DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF LAGOS THIS WEEK IN A PROTEST AGAINST THE INTERVENTION OF AMERICAN, FRENCH, BRITISH AND WEST GERMAN INTERESTS IN THE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN FEDERAL NIGERIA AND BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF THE COUNTRY. THE DEMONSTRATORS, CARRYING PLACARDS AND CHANTING WAR SONGS, CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MOBILISE ITS FORCES TO DEFEAT BIAFRA.

    THE PROTEST WAS ORGANISED BY THE NIGERIAN AFRO-ASIAN SOLIDARITY ORGANISATION. SPECIALLY EQUIPPED RIOT POLICE GUARDED THE STREETS OF LAGOS AS THE DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED THROUGH.

    THE PROTESTORS CALLED AT THE UNITED STATES, BRITISH, FRENCH AND WEST GERMAN EMBASSIES IN THE COURSE OF THEIR MARCH THROUGH THE CITY. AT EACH PLACE THEY DEMANDED AN END TO THE COUNTRY'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR.

    AT THE FRENCH EMBASSY THE DEMONSTRATORS PRESENTED AN OFFICIAL WITH A MINIATURE COFFIN, WITH THE REQUEST THAT IT BE FORWARDED TO PRESIDENT DE GAULLE. ANOTHER COFFIN DESTINED FOR THE POPE WAS HANDED TO A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST.

    PROTEST LETTERS WERE HANDED IN AT OTHER EMBASSIES.

    THE CROWD KEPT UP ITS CHANT OF "GOWON GIVES US ARMS," AND THERE WERE OCCASIONAL PAUSES FOR SPEECHES BY LEADERS OF THE PROTEST DEMONSTRATION. THE SECRETARY OF THE SOLIDARITY ORGANISATION, MR. ESKOR TOYO, CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ARM ABLE-BODIED NIGERIANS AND MAKE MILITARY SERVICE COMPULSORY FOR ALL YOUTHS.

    HE SAID; "WE DEMAND WITHOUT COMPROMISE ARMS FROM THE HEAD OF STATE IN ORDER TO ENSURE AN EARLY MILITARY VICTORY IN THE PRESENT WAR AS THE UNCOMPROMISING PATH TOWARDS THE UNITY, PROGRESS AND PEACE OF ONE NIGERIA."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1FJPM2GVN5U6MZ1W4SFEZMWHE
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FJPM2GVN5U6MZ1W4SFEZMWHE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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