• Short Summary

    STUDENTS WON THE "BATTLE OF THE SORBONNE" IN PARIS TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN THEY CLEARED THE UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS OF ABOUT 30 SO-CALLED MERCENARIES, NICKNAMED THE "KATANGESE." THEN THE POLICE HAD A BLOODLESS VICTORY AT THE ODEON THEATRE WHEN THE EJECTED ASSORTED STUDENTS, TRAMPS AND MERCENARIES WHO HAD BEEN CAMPED THERE FOR A MONTH.

  • Description

    STUDENTS WON THE "BATTLE OF THE SORBONNE" IN PARIS TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN THEY CLEARED THE UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS OF ABOUT 30 SO-CALLED MERCENARIES, NICKNAMED THE "KATANGESE." THEN THE POLICE HAD A BLOODLESS VICTORY AT THE ODEON THEATRE WHEN THE EJECTED ASSORTED STUDENTS, TRAMPS AND MERCENARIES WHO HAD BEEN CAMPED THERE FOR A MONTH.

    SHORTLY AFTER DAWN, ABOUT 400 MILITANT STUDENTS ARMED WITH MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND COBBLE STONES LAUNCHED THEIR ATTACK. THE MERCENARIES, WHO HAD BEEN LIVING IN THE SORBONNE SINCE THE STUDENTS TOOK IT OVER, WERE GIVEN AN ULTIMATUM TO GET OUT BUT REFUSED. A SHORT, SHARP BATTLE ENSUED AND THEY WERE EJECTED BY FORCE. SOME OF THE MERCENARIES WENT TO THE NEARBY ODEON THEATRE, WHICH HAD BEEN IN THE HANDS OF STUDENTS FOR A MONTH. AT THIS STAGE THE POLICE MOVED IN. THEY THREW A CORDON AROUND THE BUILDING AND THE PARIS CHIEF OF POLICE, MAURICE GRIMOND, ORDERED THAT THE OCCUPANTS COME OUT AND SURRENDER. HE PROMISED THAT THOSE WHO CAME OUT PEACEFULLY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO FREE.

    AFTER A TENSE PAUSE, PEOPLE STARTED TO EMERGE. THEY CAME OUT IN A TRICKLE AT FIRST - A YOUNG COUPLE HAND IN HAND, THEN MORE TIRED AND DISHEVELLED STUDENTS, A FEW BABES IN ARMS AND SOME TRAMPS. POLICE THEN WENT INSIDE THE THEATRE AND ROUNDED UP THE REST. THEY SAID THAT ALTOGETHER 132 PEOPLE CAME OUT VOLUNTARILY AND WERE ALLOWED TO GO AFTER THEY WERE SEARCHED FOR WEAPONS. BUT 66 OTHERS WERE DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING. RED AND BLACK FLAGS AND BANNERS WITH SLOGANS, WHICH HAD BEDECKED THE ODEON WITH IMPUNITY FOR A MONTH, WERE HAULED DOWN. AND AT THE SORBONNE, CITY HYGIENE OFFICIALS MOVED IN TO GIVE THE BUILDING A GOOD CLEANING AND DISINFECTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1VEO9NAQG5AGNZHV6KKI4NE96
    Media URN:
    VLVA1VEO9NAQG5AGNZHV6KKI4NE96
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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