• Short Summary

    There were angry scenes at a cinema in London on Tuesday evening (15 November) when the former Indian Prime Minister Mrs.` Gandhi appeared to address a public meeting.

  • Description

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    SV Demonstrators with banners outside Dominion Theatre, Southall
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    2.
    SV Police holding back crowds
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    3.
    SV Mrs. Gandhi is escorted in as crowd jeers
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    4.
    TV Mrs. Gandhi surrounded by crowd as she walks through foyer
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    5.
    LV Mrs. Gandhi walks onto platform in front of Indian flag as demonstrators hurls pile of leaflets and crowds cheering
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    6.
    GV Crowded cinema with demonstrators chanting and waving fists
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    7.
    LV Mrs. Gandhi making speech, crowned by crowd
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    8.
    SV Demonstrators chanting
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    CU Mrs. Gandhi speaking in Hindi
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    10.
    CU Demonstrators chanting
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    SV Mrs. Gandhi's supporters clapping and cheering as she speaks
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    SV Mrs. Gandhi ends speech ZOOM OUT TO crowd
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    CU Demonstrators chanting
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    SV Mrs. Gandhi receives bouquet of flowers from little girl ZOOM OUT TO crowd applauding
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    Mrs. Gandhi visit to the United Kingdom, which began on Sunday (12 November) is her first abroad since she was swept from power last year. Earlier in November, she regained a seat in the Indian parliament with a victory in the Chikmagalur by-election. Before her appearance in Southall, Mrs. Gandhi had a one hour meeting with the British Prime Minister Mr. James Callaghan and met the opposition leader, Conservative Mrs. Margaret Thatcher.




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    Background: There were angry scenes at a cinema in London on Tuesday evening (15 November) when the former Indian Prime Minister Mrs.` Gandhi appeared to address a public meeting. Mrs. Gandhi, on a brief visit to the United Kingdom, was forced to cut short her speech.

    SYNOPSIS: A large crowd gathered outside the Dominion Cinema in Southall, a London suburb with a large Indian immigrant population. Their mood was angry and there was a large police presence.

    The jeering increased as Mrs. Gandhi arrived and an egg thrown by the crowd narrowly missed her. Mrs. Gandhi had been invited to speak at a meeting organised by the Indian Workers' Association.

    Inside the cinema, her supporters in the 4,000 strong Indian audience failed to silence several hundred chanting opponents.

    Sympathetic members of the audience were out shouted by groups supporting the Naxalites, a left-wing Marxist political party in India. Some demonstrators identified themselves as members of the Indian Marxist-Leninist Party, others as members of the Sikh Akali party. Jointly their message was clear.

    Mrs. Gandhi has described her visit as a private one, to attend celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of her father Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India. She must be back in Delhi by November 20th to face charges of electoral malpractice and was allowed to leave India on the understanding she made no political speeches, but already, she has attracted criticism in the British press. In Southall, though making no direct reference to her 21 month period of emergency rule, she talked on questions of democracy and faced continual heckling.

    Mrs. Gandhi's appearance at the cinema was scheduled an hour, but she left shortly after making the 10 minute speech in Hindi. She was smuggled from the building by a back door to avoid the hostile crowds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LHX1PG30HELUBEP9CPSSFU4G
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LHX1PG30HELUBEP9CPSSFU4G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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