A "trial" of American involvement in Vietnam and other parts of South East Asia opened in rome on Saturday (30 March).
GV EXTERIOR tribunal building
SV INTERIOR Trail President Lelio Basso with beard and other members of court (Dedijer Vladimir)
CU ZOOM OUT Gabriel Garcia Marques
CU PAN Officials at tribunal to Mr. Armando Uribe ex-Chilean Ambassador
CU President Basso
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Mrs. Fleming wife of Nobel wife of Nobel Prize winner and Mr. Uribe listening to Basso speaking (2 shots)
GV Basso addressing tribunal (Italian SOF)
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Background: A "trial" of American involvement in Vietnam and other parts of South East Asia opened in rome on Saturday (30 March).
The week-long "hearing" was called the "Russell Tribunal II" in recognition of the late Bertrand Russell one of the spearheads of a movement to investigate and judge American "crimes" in Vietnam.
Russell formed the "International War Crimes tribunal" at a meeting in London in 1966. The organisation later became commonly known as the "Russell Tribunal" The first meeting was held in Stockholm in May 1967.
The second meeting of the "Russell Tribunal" was opened and chaired by Senator Lelio Basso, an Italian Marxist.
Senator Basso said that although the Tribunal had not been entrusted with its task by any constituted authority, it would contribute to the re-awakening of the world's conscience.
Senator Basso aid the Tribunal had received appeals for help from Chile. He said Chile was a classic example of the military dictatorships ruling Latin America, and was not an isolated case.
The Tribunal was attended by well known intellectuals and politicians form all part of the world. Among the speakers was the late Dr. Salvador Allende's former ambassador to The People's Republic of China, Mr. Armando Uribe.