A group of British students lobbied Parliament on Thursday (14 Jan.) on behalf of the West German revolutionary Rudi Dutschke, who was recently refused permission to remain in the country.
GV & SV Demonstrators hand out pamphlets outside Houses of Parliament (4 shots)
CU Jack Straw of National Union of Students interviewed (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ. 2) "Doesn't this been to be a most unpropitious moment to be pleading the case of a left-wing revolutionary?"
JACK STRAW: "It's a most unfortunate moment. I think all of us have great sympathy with Mr. Carr, and object totally and completely to the bombing of his house. I don't believe for moment that Dutschke was in any way associated with it, and in fact one of the important points which has come up consistently was that Dutschke was opposed to the use of violence. We want to try and get a separation of that kind of bombing problem, which is quite clearly a problem, and the problem of Dutschke who is not a violent man, who was merely expressing his views, and it is important that is not lost sight of in the understandable outrage about the bombing."
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Background: A group of British students lobbied Parliament on Thursday (14 Jan.) on behalf of the West German revolutionary Rudi Dutschke, who was recently refused permission to remain in the country.
Jack Straw, President of the National Union of Students, was among the demonstrating students. He spoke to a reporter in support of Dutschke, whose case will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday (19 Jan.).
Rudi Dutschke came to Britain in 1968 for medical treatment after being shot in the head by a would-be assassin during student riots in Berlin. He later took up post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where he lived with his American-horn and two children. Dutschke has now formally applied for a permit to live and work in Denmark, after offered a teaching post at Aarhus University.
An immigration tribunal recently rejected Dutschke's appeal to remain in Britain after a hearing held partly in secret on grounds of national security.
Mr. Jack Straw spoke in support of Mr. Dutschke, in reply to a question suggesting it was a bad time to be supporting a revolutionary, a day after a bomb attack by persons unknown on the home of the British employment Minister, Mr. Robert Carr.