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    Visnews May 23 filmed in the Notting Hill area of West London, hotbed of racial unrest, scene of a coloured man's murder just a week ago.

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    Visnews May 23 filmed in the Notting Hill area of West London, hotbed of racial unrest, scene of a coloured man's murder just a week ago.

    Last year Notting Hill, poorer class residential area, was in truculent mood as white and coloured people clashed. Street fights were daily occurrences and scores of police patrolled the area.

    The murdered negro, Kelso Cochrane, was stabbed in a street corner attack by six or seven white youths, May 17. Robbery was thought to be the purpose of the assault.

    More police were drafted into the area. The special Branch of Scotland Yard has been ordered to make daily reports on the situation and is maintaining special squads of detectives in the area.

    A Mr. Aloa Bashorun, chairman of the Committee of African Organisations in Britain, is reported to have said that a defence committee for the "immediate protection" of African and West Indian people and property has been set up. Mr. Butler, British Home Secretary, is believed to have been in opposition to any such 'defence' viewing it as a provocation to violence.

    West Indies Federation deputy Premier, Dr. C.D. La Corbiniere arrived in London, May 24, at the head of a delegation to the British Government. He is reported to have said he will urge the Government to take drastic action to "stamp out" racial hostility in Britain "in the same way, and just as ruthlessly as the Mau Mau were stamped out in Kenya". He is in Britain for two months.

    On the same day the White Defence League and the small right wing National Labour Party - with no affiliations to the Labour Party - held a protest meeting in Trafalgar Square. Their slogan was "Keep Britain White".

    Supporters of the meeting appeared to be in the minority and the event proceeded without anything more than fierce heckling.

    These organisations are against the unrestricted entry of coloured people and speak of the influx as "huge coloured army invading the western world". The rally ended with a march on Downing Street where a petition was lodged for Mr. Macmillan's attention.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2Y7DRIET8MCM7ATIH6L08CL2
    Media URN:
    VLVA2Y7DRIET8MCM7ATIH6L08CL2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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