• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS OF TUNIS ON FRIDAY (24 OCTOBER) FOR THE FUNERAL OF M.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS OF TUNIS ON FRIDAY (24 OCTOBER) FOR THE FUNERAL OF M. MONGI SLIM. M. SLIM WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

    M. SLIM DIED ON THURSDAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS, AGED SIXTY-ONE. VAST CROWDS SILENTLY WATCHED THE PROGRESS OF HIS COFFIN THROUGH THE CITY, DRAPED WITH THE NATIONAL COLOURS AND CARRIED ON A GUN CARRIAGE WITH MILITARY ESCORT.

    SHOPS AND CAFES CLOSED AND WEEK-END SPORTS EVENTS WERE CANCELLED. THROUGHOUT THE CITY, FLAGS FLEW AT HALF-MAST.

    THREE DAYS OF NATIONAL MOURNING WERE ORDERED AFTER M. SLIM'S DEATH.

    TUNISIAN PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA WAS ILL, AND UNABLE TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL. IN A STATEMENT HE SAID THAT IN SLIM, WHO WAS A CLOSE FRIEND, TUNISIA HAD LOST A HEROIC FIGHTER FOR WHOM ALL THE PEOPLE WOULD WEEP.

    PRAYERS AT THE FUNERAL CEREMONY WERE READ BY THE MUFTI. IN THE ABSENCE OF PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA, THE FUNERAL ORATION WAS GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO THE PRESIDENCY, M. BAHI LADGHAM. HE SAID THAT M. SLIM HAD DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO THE STRUGGLE FOR THE LIBERATION, GLORY, AND WELLBEING OF TUNISIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3B3SK22W7BAQ69ERLKOPUIASW
    Media URN:
    VLVA3B3SK22W7BAQ69ERLKOPUIASW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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