• Short Summary

    RIOT POLICE AND BARBED WIRE MET 1,500 FLEMISH STUDENTS WHO MARCHED INTO LOUVAIN TONIGHT (SUNDAY) TO PRESS THEIR DEMAND THAT THE CITY'S ANCIENT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY SHOULD BECOME ALL-FLEMISH.

  • Description

    RIOT POLICE AND BARBED WIRE MET 1,500 FLEMISH STUDENTS WHO MARCHED INTO LOUVAIN TONIGHT (SUNDAY) TO PRESS THEIR DEMAND THAT THE CITY'S ANCIENT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY SHOULD BECOME ALL-FLEMISH. AFTER THE STUDENTS AND THEIR ATTENDANT MOTORCADE HAD BEEN STOPPED SHORT OF THE CITY CENTRE BY POLICE BARRIERS, THEY HELD A MASS-MEETING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LOUVAIN.

    THE MARCHERS BEGAN THEIR 95-MILE (150 KILOMETRE) WALK FROM OSTEND LAST TUESDAY (OCTOBER 4) AS PART OF THEIR CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLOONS IN BELGIUM'S LONG-STANDING LANGUAGE WAR.

    BELGIUM HAS FOUR MILLION FLEMISH SPEAKERS AND THREE MILLION FRENCH SPEAKING WALLOONS, AS WELL AS THE ONE-MILLION BILINGUAL POPULATION OF BRUSSELS. EVER SINCE BELGIUM GAINED INDEPENDENCE IN 1830 THE FLEMISH AND THE WALLOONS HAVE QUARRELLED ABOUT WHICH LANGUAGE SHOULD PREDOMINATE IN THE COUNTRY.

    ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 7) THE BELGIAN CABINET APPOINTED A FORMER MINISTER, M. PAUL MEYERS, TO HEAD A NEW COMMISSION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE FLEMISH AND WALLOON COMMUNITIES. THE COMMISSION WILL PROPOSE MEASURES AIMED AT PUTTING AN END TO THE LANGUAGE WAR.

    THE STUDENTS' MARCH WAS TO SUPPORT THEIR DEMAND THAT FRENCH-SPEAKING UNDERGRADUATES SHOULD BE MOVED TO A UNIVERSITY OF THEIR OWN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2HFDROLGJ30DXEGU3812C9XWH
    Media URN:
    VLVA2HFDROLGJ30DXEGU3812C9XWH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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