Ten thousand people took to the streets of Valletta yesterday (8 January) in a religious procession to pray for a settlement in the Anglo-Maltese dispute.
SV Head of procession carries crucifix, followed by marchers with rosaries and saying prayers.
SV Nuns in procession
SV PAN ALONG Womer marchers to Dawn Adams dark coat with fur collar and hat)
SV INT Dr,. Olivier addressing rally (2 shots)
SV People clapping and cheering
SV Dr. Oliver speaking (2 shots)
LV Crowd cheering
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Background: Ten thousand people took to the streets of Valletta yesterday (8 January) in a religious procession to pray for a settlement in the Anglo-Maltese dispute. Among the marchers was film actress Dawn Adams.
In the evening Dr. borg Olivier who, as Prime Minister in 1964 led Malta to independence, addressed a meeting of the National Party at their headquarters in Pieta. The party has called for new elections, contending that Prime Minister Mr. Dom Mintoff has not acted in the interests of the majority. Mr. mintoff has set a January 15 deadline for the withdrawal of British Forces and their dependents. But the 3,500 men of the British Armed Forces are planning for a phased and orderly evacuation of all men and equipment by March 31.
SYNOPSIS: In Valletta, ten thousand people joined in religious procession yesterday to pray for a settlement in the Anglo-Maltese dispute.
Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff has set a January 15 deadline for the withdrawal of British forces. But the 3,500 British troops are planning evacuation by March 31. Among the marchers, film actress Dawn Adams...in the fur-collared coat.
Later in Pieta the Nationalist Party leader Dr. Borg Olivier, addressed a rally at the party headquarters. it has called for new elections, saying that Mr. Mintoff has not acted in majority interest.
It was Dr. Olivier who, as Prime Minister in 1964, led the country to independence. Throughout the day British troops were making progress transporting wives and children of nearly 2,000 military families off the island before the January 15th deadline.