• Short Summary

    WEST GERMANY'S EXTREME RIGHT-WING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (N.P.D.) TODAY (SATURDAY) OPENED ITS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN?

  • Description

    WEST GERMANY'S EXTREME RIGHT-WING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (N.P.D.) TODAY (SATURDAY) OPENED ITS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN WITH A CALL FOR "SECURITY FOR LAW ORDER" AS MORE THAN 300 DEMONSTRATORS MASSED OUTSIDE. THE CONFERENCE HALL AT SCHWABACH IN WEST GERMANY WAS RINGED BY POLICE AND BARBED WIRE BARRICADES.

    ABOUT 200 RIOT POLICE GUARDED THE HALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS PARTY CHAIRMAN, ADOLF VON THADDEN, DECLARED THAT THE BUNDESTAG (WEST GERMANY'S FEDERAL LOWER HOUSE) WOULD HAVE A NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION AFTER THE SEPTEMBER GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    ANTI-NPD DEMONSTRATORS WHO LINED THE POLICE BARRICADES IN THE COLD, WAVED PLACARDS READING "ONE ADOLF WAS ENOUGH", WITH CRUDE PORTRAITS OF ADOLF HITLER. AT ONE STAGE POLICE SCUFFLED WITH ABOUT 40 DEMONSTRATORS WHO TRIED TO FORCE THEIR WAY PAST THE BARRIERS.

    EARLIER WHITE SWASTIKAS WERE PAINTED ON THE GREY WALLS OF THE SCHWABACH TOWN HALL, BUT POLICE SAID THEY WERE QUICKLY SCRUBBED OFF.

    THE CONFERENCE WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR THE TOWN OF BAYREUTH BUY WAS HURRIEDLY MOVED TO SCHWABACH WHEN THE SOCIAL DEMOCRAT-LED TOWN COUNCIL THERE REFUSED PERMISSION FOR THE PARTY TO USE THE TOWN HALL.

    THE BAYREUTH COUNCIL FOUGHT THE CONGRESS BECAUSE THE TOWN WANTS TO LIVE DOWN ITS NAZI PAST AND CLOSE LINK WITH ADOLF HITLER.

    BUT APPARENTLY UNPERTURBED BY THE SNUB, HERR VON THADDEN, WAS GIVEN A STANDING OVATION BY THE 650 DELEGATES TO THE CONFERENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4X6AY4EVZI79RHGA4D0T5AWN0
    Media URN:
    VLVA4X6AY4EVZI79RHGA4D0T5AWN0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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