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    THERE WAS A DEMONSTRATION IN DUBLIN YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO PROTEST AGAINST THE CONVICTION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LAWYER, ABRAM FISCHER.

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    DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING WITH PLACARDS.




    Initials AA/V-S/JH/EC



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    Background: THERE WAS A DEMONSTRATION IN DUBLIN YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO PROTEST AGAINST THE CONVICTION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LAWYER, ABRAM FISCHER. HE WAS JAILED FOR LIFE IN PRETORIA ON MONDAY AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRING TO COMMIT SABOTAGE.

    THE IRISH ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT ORGANISED THE DEMONSTRATION. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE NEWS OF MR. FISCHER'S CONVICTION, THE SECRETARY OF THE IRISH ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT ISSUED A STATEMENT THAT SAID THE CONVICTION WOULD SHOCK DECENT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THE STATEMENT CALLED ON IRISH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO PROTEST TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT OR TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY IN LONDON.

    "ABRAM FISCHER," THE STATEMENT SAID, "HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO BRING REASON AND DECENCY TO HIS PEOPLE IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST APARTHEID. HE HAS RENOUNCED COMFORT AND WEALTH, AND POSITION IN MAKING HIS STAND FOR A NON-RACIAL SYSTEM IN SOUTH AFRICA. THOSE WHO CONDEMN ABRAM FISCHER ARE IN REALITY CONDEMNING THEMSELVES."
    ABRAM FISCHER, WHO IS 58 YEARS OLD WAS A LEADING JOHANNESBURG LAWYER. HIS TRIAL BEGAN ON MARCH 23RD, WHEN HE FACED 15 CHARGES INCLUDING A SABOTAGE CHARGE WHICH CARRIES A POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE.

    HE WAS FOUND GUILTY ON ALL 15 CHARGES. OTHER THAN THE SABOTAGE CHARGE, HE WAS FOUND GUILTY ON EIGHT CHARGES ARISING FROM HIS COMMUNIST ACTIVITIES AND SIX ALTERNATIVE COUNTS OF FORGERY AND FRAUD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3IG36V23SFZP56TOGHD9SR8GI
    Media URN:
    VLVA3IG36V23SFZP56TOGHD9SR8GI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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