• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA CHOSE KUMASI, THE NERVE CENTRE OF OPPOSITION TO HIS GOVERNMENT, TO ANNOUNCE NEW RESTRICTIVE MEASURES MARCH 24, HE WAS SPEAKING AT LUNCHEON HELD TO CELEBRATE THE BESTOWAL OF CITY STATUS ON KUMASI - A PRINCIPALLY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOM OF THE WARRIOR ASHANTI PEOPLE.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA CHOSE KUMASI, THE NERVE CENTRE OF OPPOSITION TO HIS GOVERNMENT, TO ANNOUNCE NEW RESTRICTIVE MEASURES MARCH 24, HE WAS SPEAKING AT LUNCHEON HELD TO CELEBRATE THE BESTOWAL OF CITY STATUS ON KUMASI - A PRINCIPALLY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOM OF THE WARRIOR ASHANTI PEOPLE.

    HE TOLD LUNCHEON GUESTS THAT GHANA'S PREVENTIVE DETENTION ACT WOULD BE REVIEWED SO THAT RELEASE AFTER FIVE YEARS IN DETENTION WOULD NO LONGER BE AUTOMATIC. FIVE YEARS IS THE MAXIMUM TERM OF DETENTION UNDER THE EXISTING ACT - A LAW EMPOWERING THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPRISON WITHOUT TRIAL CITIZENS SUSPECTED OF SUBVERSION, OR WHOSE CONTINUED FREEDOM IS DEEMED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BE A DANGER OF THE SAFETY TO THE STATE, PRESIDENT NKRUMAH ANNOUNCED A NEW AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD EMPOWER THE GOVERNMENT DECIDE WHETHER, AT THE END OF THE FIVE-YEAR TERM, A DETAINEE SHOULD BE RELEASED. HE SAID: "IF A DETAINEE IS RELEASED, AND CONTINUES THE CONDUCT WHICH FIRST SENT HIM TO DETENTION, HE WILL BE DETAINED AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME FOR 20 YEARS."
    SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE, INCLUDING LEADING MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION UNITED PARTY, HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED WITHOUT TRIAL SINCE 1958 UNDER THE ACT, THE MOST RECENT WAVE OF ARRESTS CAME AFTER A WORKER'S PROTEST LAST SEPTEMBER AGAINST PRESIDENT NKRUMAH'S AUSTERITY BUDGET. THE LARGEST NUMBER ATTESTED FOR ALLEGED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROTECTS CAME FROM THE KUMASI REGION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3WCL3S2B3F7GD3C5KS9AZV00S
    Media URN:
    VLVA3WCL3S2B3F7GD3C5KS9AZV00S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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