• Short Summary

    WITHIN SEVEN WEEKS OF GAINING INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN IN DECEMBER, THE EAST AFRICAN TERRITORY OF TANGANYIKA HAD A CHANGE OF PRIME MINISTER AND WAS CAUSING ITS EUROPEAN INHABITANTS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF UNEASINESS.

  • Description

    1.
    SV MR. ARENSEN SEATED WITH INTERVIEWER.
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    2.
    CU ARENSEN.
    0.04

    3.
    SV (SOF IN AT 6 SECONDS) INTERVIEW COMMENCES "IT WAS OF A SUNDAY"... SOF ENDS "... I HAVE NO IDEA".
    2.38


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 3) ARENSEN: "IT WAS OF A SUNDAY AFTERNOON. I HAD BEEN, OF LATE, HAVING A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING INTO THE HOTEL THAT MERELY MADE USE OF THE AMENITIES OF THE HOTEL AND REFUSED TO ORDER ANY REFRESHMENTS, MERELY SAT DOWN, TOOK THEIR REST. WHEN ASKED TO ORDER ANYTHING, REFUSED. THEY LEFT TWO CHILDREN RATHER NOISY OUTSIDE THE BEDROOMS AND I RATHER FEARED THAT MY VISITORS MIGHT BE AWAKENED BY ALL THIS NOISE. I THEN ASKED ONE OF THE WAITERS TO FIND OUT WHERE THE PARENTS HAD GONE TO. I WAS INFORMED THEY WERE SITTING ON THE VERANDAH. I ASKED THE WAITER TO TAKE THEIR ORDER. THE WAITER CAME BACK AND SAID THEY DID NOT WISH TO ORDER ANYTHING, THEY WERE MERELY WAITING THERE. I WAITED ANOTHER TEN MINUTES THEN I WENT OUT MYSELF AND I POINTED OUT THAT THE CHILDREN ARE INCLINED TO BE RATHER NOISY. I ASKED THE PARTY BUT THEY WOULD NOT ORDER. THEY REFUSED. I THEN SAID THAT AS THIS WAS A HOTEL IT WAS A TRIFLE UNFAIR THAT THEY REFUSED TO ORDER ANYTHING. WOULD THEY NOT RECONSIDER. THEY SAID NO. I THEN SAID THIS IS NOT A RAILWAY WAITING STATION AND EITHER THEY WOULD ASSENT AND GIVE AN ORDER OR THEY WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE. THERE WAS NO ARGUMENT. I FELT THE PARTY WAS QUITE HAPPY WITH MY EXPLANATION AND THEY LEFT."



    INT: "BUT THEN YOU FOUND OUT THAT THE MAN YOU WERE TALKING TO WAS THE MAYOR OF DAR-ES-SALAAM. WHY DIDN'T YOU RECOGNISE HIM BEFORE THAT?"



    ARENSEN: "I HAD KNOWN AND SEEN THE MAYOR MANY A TIME BUT HE ALWAYS WEARS A RED SHIRT AND VERY DARK RIMMED SPECTACLES. ON THIS OCCASION HE WORE NEITHER.



    INT: "WHAT HAPPENED THEN, MR. ARENSEN?"



    ARENSEN: "FIRSTLY I WAS PHONED BY THE INFORMATION OFFICE WHO ASKED FOR DETAILS OF THE INCIDENT. FINALLY I GOT MY DEPORTATION NOTICE AND GIVEN 14 DAYS IN ALL, AND WAS HARDLY ABLE TO DISPOSE OF ANYTHING IN THAT SHORT TIME, AND SO I WILL BE (SAYING WITHOUT ANYTHING AT ALL AND WILL HAVE TO LEAVE MY FAMILY BEHIND."



    INT: "WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO NOW?"



    ARENSEN: "I HAVE NO IDEA."




    Initials DD/S/MR/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: WITHIN SEVEN WEEKS OF GAINING INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN IN DECEMBER, THE EAST AFRICAN TERRITORY OF TANGANYIKA HAD A CHANGE OF PRIME MINISTER AND WAS CAUSING ITS EUROPEAN INHABITANTS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF UNEASINESS. THE SHOCK RESIGNATION OF MR. JULIUS NYERERE FROM THE PREMIERSHIP ON JANUARY 22ND SURPRISED MANY OBSERVERS OF THE AFRICAN SCENE WHO PRAISED HIM FOR HIS MODERATE POLICY - THE CORNER STONE OF WHICH WAS LOYALTY TO TANGANYIKA BEING THE QUALIFICATION FOR CITIZENSHIP RATHER THAN THE COLOUR OF A MAN'S SKIN. HOWEVER, TANGANYIKA, WITH A SMALL EUROPEAN POPULATION AND THE ABSENCE OF LAND AND MULTI-RACIAL SCHOOL PROBLEMS HAD BY JANUARY 18TH FIVE EUROPEANS UNDER EXPULSION ORDERS FOR INCURRING THE GOVERNMENT'S DISPLEASURE. OUR FILMED INTERVIEW IS WITH MR. FELIX ARENSEN, THE FIRST OF THE FIVE TO RECEIVE THE ORDER.

    MR. ARENSEN, WHO RAN THE PALM BEACH HOTEL AT DAR-ES-SALAAM, WAS ASKED TO GIVE HIS VERSION OF AN INCIDENT WHEN HE ASKED THE MAYOR OF DAR-ES-SALAAM AND A GROUP OF FRIENDS TO LEAVE THE HOTEL WHICH RESULTED IN AN EXPULSION ORDER BEING MADE AGAINST HIM: (SOF BEGINS):
    NEWS OF THE EXPULSION WAS CONTAINED IN A STATEMENT FROM MR. NYERERE ON JANUARY 16TH WHICH SAID HE WAS DETERMINED THAT PEOPLE WOULD GET AT LEAST ONE THING FROM INDEPENDENCE - PERSONAL RESPECT. HE WENT ON; "FOR MANY YEARS WE AFRICANS HAVE SUFFERED HUMILIATIONS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SUFFER THEM NOW. NEITHER CAN WE ALLOW AFRICANS TO BE DIVIDED INTO CATEGORIES OF THOSE WHO ARE ENTITLED TO RESPECT AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT." TWO DAYS LATER CAME NEWS THAT A SWISS ENGINEER, HERR BERNHARD ROMANN, WAS TO BE EXPELLED BECAUSE, IT WAS SAID, HE PINNED INDEPENDENCE LAPEL BADGES ON THE COLLAR OF HIS DOG TWO DAYS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE DAY ON DECEMBER 9TH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TJ6UXVWIAWCTEFLTET8K0HCX
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TJ6UXVWIAWCTEFLTET8K0HCX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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