• Short Summary

    Moroccan demonstrators on the 350,000 strong march into the Spanish Sahara to stake their country's claim on the Spanish run colony were taken closer to the border on Thursday (23 October).

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    Moroccan demonstrators on the 350,000 strong march into the Spanish Sahara to stake their country's claim on the Spanish run colony were taken closer to the border on Thursday (23 October).

    Trucks moved the demonstrators nearer the border from the south western Moroccan town of Agadir. The march is causing embarrassment and concern in several countries is the idea of Morocco's King Hassan.

    King Hassan feels Morocco has a right to take possession of the phosphate rich neighbouring country of the Spanish Sahara. On Friday (24 October) a strongly worded communique form the Moroccan foreign office was issued to defend the action against countries that have been critical-notably Spain, Algeria and Mauritania. The matter has been urgently brought up at thee United Nations and Secretary General Dr. Kurt Waldheim is expected to intervene personally.

    The communique said there was "a centuries old national identity between Moroccans and the people of the Sahara and the only illegal presence in the territory was that of Spain".

    There have been report that Spanish border guards have been pulling up land mines on their side of the border but it is unknown exactly how they will react to the unarmed invasion which will probably start at about the end of the month. Despite the overriding preoccupation in Spain with General Franco's grave condition the Spanish are still reported to be making last attempts to stop the march.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3V2R4S4BH73KB3EOV8IURRWWD
    Media URN:
    VLVA3V2R4S4BH73KB3EOV8IURRWWD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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