• Short Summary

    The Japanese Red Army gunmen who stormed into the French Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Friday (13 September) released two of the eleven people they are holding as hostages just before down on Monday (16 September).

  • Description

    The Japanese Red Army gunmen who stormed into the French Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Friday (13 September) released two of the eleven people they are holding as hostages just before down on Monday (16 September).

    Two young women - both aged 22 - walked sobbing to freedom with rifle trained on them from the window of the room where they had been imprisoned for 60 hours.

    Telephonist Bernadine Geerling and secretary Joyce Fleur ran the last few yards up the steps of the nearby United States' Embassy. They seemed to be in a weak condition and were later taken away on stretchers.

    About an hour after the women were freed, police delivered food to the kidnappers and the remaining hostages, one of whom is the French Ambassador to Holland Jacques Senard.

    A Dutch policeman said that the two women reported that the Japanese are not behaving aggressively and that there had been no ill-treatment of the hostages.

    A Dutch government spokesman said the release of the two women could not be taken as a sign that more of the hostages would be freed soon.

    Shortly after the women were released, a Dutch police officer made a statement in English. A transcript of this follows:-

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1MCH19OSJEZLB0AO21UQDDV5N
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MCH19OSJEZLB0AO21UQDDV5N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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