• Short Summary

    MOSLEMS AND EUROPEANS IN ALGERIA VOTED TOGETHER JULY 1, IN FAVOUR OF INDEPENDENCE AND COOPERATION WITH FRANCE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE EVIAN AGREEMENT.

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    MOSLEMS AND EUROPEANS IN ALGERIA VOTED TOGETHER JULY 1, IN FAVOUR OF INDEPENDENCE AND COOPERATION WITH FRANCE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE EVIAN AGREEMENT. THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY LONG LINES WAITED IN THE HOT SUN TO ENTER THE POLLING BOOTHS.

    AT BONE, NEAR TUNISIA BORDER, THE STREETS WERE EMPTY AS MOST OF THE RESIDENTS QUEUED TO VOTE. THROUGHOUT THE CITY THE POSTERS AND BANNERS ERECTED BY THE FLN, URGED SUPPORT OF THE REFERENDUM AND OUTLINED PROPOSALS FOR THE NEW INDEPENDENT ALGERIA.

    THE FLN LOCAL FORCE TOOK UP POSITIONS IN THE STREETS EARLY IN THE DAY, DIRECTING TRAFFIC TO THE POLLING STATIONS AND ORGANISING QUEUES OF VOTERS.

    IN TLEMCEN, IN WESTERN ALGERIA, AN IMPORTANT TOWN NEAR THE BORDER WITH MOROCCO, THE MOSLEM POPULATION TURNED OUT IN FORCE TO VOTE. THE BOOTHS OPENED EARLY IN THE MORNING AND A HIGH PERCENTAGE HAD VOTED BY MID MORNING. THE MAIN POLLING STATION WAS AT THE TOWN HALL, WHERE THERE WERE TWO QUEUES. ONE FOR MEN AND ONE FOR WOMEN, WAITING TO CAST THEIR VOTE.

    EUROPEANS IN THE TOWN ALSO TURNED OUT TO VOTE, BUT IN MUCH DECREASED NUMBERS AS THOUSANDS HAVE LEFT THE AREA IN RECENT WEEKS. MANY HAVE ALREADY FOUND TRANSPORT TO METROPOLITAN FRANCE, WHILE OTHERS ARE WAITING OUTSIDE TRAVEL AGENCIES IN ORAN.

    IN CONSTANTINE, WHERE THE MOSLEMS ARE AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, THE STREETS WERE CROWDED AS ALL TRAFFIC HEADED FOR POLLING STATIONS. THROUGHOUT THE CITY WAS AN AIR OF CALM AND QUIET AS THE LONG LINES STOOD IN THE EARLY MORNING SUN TO RECORD THEIR VOTES. BY 8:30 A.M. MOST OF THE VOTING WAS OVER, AS CROWDS SOUGHT TO AVOID STANDING IN THE HOT NORTH AFRICAN SUN. BY THE AFTERNOON, IT WAS ESTIMATED THE POLL FOR THE CITY WAS 64 PER CENT. THIS WAS NOT AS HIGH AS MANY OF THE OTHER IMPORTANT TOWNS, BUT WAS EXPECTED TO GIVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT TO THE REFERENDUM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3TYSP4G6M4DZJAH2UIREPG9QM
    Media URN:
    VLVA3TYSP4G6M4DZJAH2UIREPG9QM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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