• Short Summary

    SPAIN'S TINY TERRITORIES IN WEST AFRICA, LAST REMNANTS OF A ONCE-VAST COLONIAL EMPIRE, LAST SATURDAY (OCTOBER 12) BECAME THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA.

  • Description

    SPAIN'S TINY TERRITORIES IN WEST AFRICA, LAST REMNANTS OF A ONCE-VAST COLONIAL EMPIRE, LAST SATURDAY (OCTOBER 12) BECAME THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA. CROWDS CHEERS AS THEIR NEW GREEN, WHITE AND RED FLAG WAS HOISTED TO MARK THE ENDING OF 190 YEARS OF SPANISH RULE.

    THE NEW REPUBLIC INCLUDED THE MAINLAND PROVINCE OF RIO MUNI AND THE ISLAND OF ANNOBON AND THREE OTHER TINY ISLANDS IN THE GULF OF GUINEA.

    THE INSTRUMENTS OF POWER WERE HANDED OVER TO THE NEW REPUBLIC'S RECENTLY ELECTED PRESIDENT, SENOR FRANCISCO MACIAS, BY SPAIN'S INFORMATION AND TOURIST MINISTER, SENOR MANUEL FRAGA IRIBARNE, ACTING ON BEHALF OF GENERAL FRANCO.

    GUNS FIRES OUT A SALUTE OVER THE BAY AND BELLS RANG IN THE CATHEDRAL AS PRESIDENT MACIAS ADDRESSED HIS PEOPLE FROM THE OLD COLONIAL BUILDING IN THE TINY PLAZA DE ESPANA THAT HAS BECOME HIS PRESIDENTIAL PALACE.

    PRESIDENT MACIAS HAS APPOINTED A CENTRE-LEFT COALITION CABINET IN WHICH THE REPUBLIC'S FOUR POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ALL REPRESENTED. SPAIN HAS PROMISED THE NEW REPUBLIC, WHOSE TOTAL AFRICAN POPULATION IS ABOUT 160,000, THAT IT WILL CONTINUE ITS ECONOMIC AID FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. THIS INCLUDES THE BUYING OF THE LOCAL COCOA CROPS AT SUBSIDISED SUPPORT PRICES.

    INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS WERE HELD THE SAME DAY IN RIO MUNI AS PRESIDENT MACIAS FLEW IN FROM FERNANDO PO. SPAIN ACQUIRED EQUATORIAL GUINEA FROM PORTUGAL IN 1773.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3U1BVGSAJ0CY5GERAZ0Z0FDKQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3U1BVGSAJ0CY5GERAZ0Z0FDKQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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