• Short Summary

    THE BELGIAN LANGUAGE DISPUTE FOUND FURTHER AIRING TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH THE DEMONSTRATIONS IN GHENT, BELGIUM BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FLEMISH-SPEAKING PEOPLE OF FLANDERS.

  • Description

    THE BELGIAN LANGUAGE DISPUTE FOUND FURTHER AIRING TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH THE DEMONSTRATIONS IN GHENT, BELGIUM BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FLEMISH-SPEAKING PEOPLE OF FLANDERS.

    ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE PROTEST WERE SUPPORTERS FROM ANTWERP, FROM FLEMISH BRABANT, FROM LINBOURG, AND FROM WESTERN FLANDERS. PROCEEDING IN AN ORDERLY FASHION DOWN GHENT'S MAIN STREET, THE DEMONSTRATORS URGED SEVERAL REFORMS, ALL CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH THE LONG-STANDING DISPUTE BETWEEN BELGIUM'S DUTCH-SPEAKERS AND THE FRENCH-SPEAKING COMMUNITIES.

    THEY MADE A FIVE-POINT DECLARATION OF THEIR DEMANDS, WHICH INCLUDED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRO-FLANDERS GOVERNMENT, ALSO MOOTED WERE DEMANDS THAT LOUVAIN, WHICH STANDS ON FLEMISH TERRITORY, SHOULD BE DUTCH-SPEAKING, AND THAT THE FRENCH-SPEAKERS SHOULD LEAVE THE CITY FOR WALLONY. BRUSSELS TOO, THEY SAID, SHOULD BE BI-LINGUAL, AS SHOULD ITS UNIVERSITY.

    MUCH OF THE TROUBLE STEMS FROM AN AGREEMENT MADE IN 1962 WHICH DIVIDED THE COUNTRY INTO DUTCH-SPEAKING AND FRENCH-SPEAKING SECTIONS, BUT MADE NO DECISION WITH REGARD TO UNIVERSITIES. THE GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER PAUL VANDEN BOEYNANTS RESIGNED EARLY THIS YEAR AFTER UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TJ6R7T7CSV7PLY6XY9VW3XK8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TJ6R7T7CSV7PLY6XY9VW3XK8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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