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    Formation of Committee of Public Safety in Corsica.

    The Police Headquarters at AJACCIO was occupied by?

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    Background: Formation of Committee of Public Safety in Corsica.

    The Police Headquarters at AJACCIO was occupied by the Demonstrators and the parachutists. The Algerian Committee of Public Safety has nominated Colonel JEAN THOMASO as Military Governor in Corsica.

    Col. Thomaso a veteran of the last war in Indo-China and Algeria, has been given all the powers, both Civil and Military on the Island. The powers of Col. Thomaso in Corsica are similar to those held by General Raoul Salan in Algiers.

    M. Delbeck and Col. Thomaso, with 3 members from the Committee of Public Safety of Algiers, called at Corsica to visit the Committee formed in Ajaccio - Calvi, and Bastia (in order)
    The demonstrations, speeches as well as the placing of flowers before different monuments to the dead. (The plaques have been filmed with the name of the town for guidance).

    AJACCIO. Departure of the procession from Police H.Q. - place of flowers- The procession goes to the Town Hall where speeches are made from the balcony- at the foot of the balcony, over 3,000 people are assembled.

    CALVI. Placing of flowers and speech before the Memorial.

    BASTIA. Arrival at Police H.Q.- Counter demonstrations by the Communists ( about 80 people) to cries of "DOWN WITH FASCISTS" and "LONG LIVE LIBERTY" and with hands raised make signs when the other demonstrators form the "V" for "Victory" sign with their fingers.

    The Socialist Mayor of Bastia stayed at the Town Hall and left with a flag draped about him, together with his collaborators. The 80 Communists, together withdrew. Without incidents. The security Police and the parachutists assure order, together with an Algerian Armed Section.

    A speech from the balcony of the Town Hall, the placing of flowers, and another speech.

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