• Short Summary

    A TINY CORNER OF LONDON'S DOCKLAND, KNOWN AS THE "ISLE OF DOGS", DECLARED ITSELF INDEPENDENT TODAY (MONDAY, MARCH 9TH) AFTER WAITING IN VAIN FOR ASSURANCES THAT ITS ELEVEN-THOUSAND POPULATION WOULD RECEIVE BETTER WELFARE, EDUCATIONAL AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

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    A TINY CORNER OF LONDON'S DOCKLAND, KNOWN AS THE "ISLE OF DOGS", DECLARED ITSELF INDEPENDENT TODAY (MONDAY, MARCH 9TH) AFTER WAITING IN VAIN FOR ASSURANCES THAT ITS ELEVEN-THOUSAND POPULATION WOULD RECEIVE BETTER WELFARE, EDUCATIONAL AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

    THE BREAKAWAY STATE IS NOT AN ISLAND AS SUCH, BUT A POPULAR PENINSULA ALL BUT CUT OFF FROM THE REST OF LONDON BY THE WEST INDIA DOCKS. LAST SUNDAY (MARCH 8TH) THE REBELS CUT THEIR LINKS WITH THE CITY BY BLOCKING TWO SWING BRIDGES.

    PRESIDENT-ELECT IS MR. TED JOHNS, WHO, ALONG WITH TWO PRIME MINISTERS, HAS COMPLETELY SEVERED LONG-STANDING CONNECTIONS WITH NEIGHBOURING TOWER HAMLETS, A MUNICIPAL DISTRICT WHICH UP UNTIL TODAY GOVERNED THE ISLAND'S AFFAIRS.

    DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM THE MAJORITY OF HOUSEWIVES ON THE ISLAND, WHO'VE TAKEN UP A PETITION PROTESTING THAT THEY WERE NOT EVEN CONSULTED, MR. JOHNS DISMISSED SUGGESTIONS THAT HIS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. HE SAID, "TO US ON THE ISLE OF DOGS, THIS IS NO JOKE. WE ARE DEADLY SERIOUS".

    THE GOVERNMENT CALLS ITSELF THE INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COUNCIL. FROM THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, THERE'S BEEN NO COMMENT SO FAR ON TODAY'S DECLARATION, OTHER THAN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE ISLAND'S DEMANDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40JG38JSB2H3TDEXTJ9VPUG0O
    Media URN:
    VLVA40JG38JSB2H3TDEXTJ9VPUG0O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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