• Short Summary

    A fleet of 200 small craft manned by anti-nuclear protestors greeted the United States nuclear powered missile cruiser Long Beach when the vessel arrived off Auckland, New Zealand on Friday (1 October).

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    A fleet of 200 small craft manned by anti-nuclear protestors greeted the United States nuclear powered missile cruiser Long Beach when the vessel arrived off Auckland, New Zealand on Friday (1 October). The warship eventually entered port -- but not before a protracted demonstration against the visit.

    SYNOPSIS: A wide variety of boats flew the flag of the Peace Squadron which aims to prevent nuclear vessels like the Long Beach entering New Zealand waters and enforce the concept of a nuclear free zone in the South Pacific.

    Some demonstrators even jumped off their boats with surf boards and allowed the 17,000 tonne cruiser to bear down on them. At least once the Long Beach veered violently to avoid them. Miraculously no-one was hurt. The demonstrators brought the ship to a standstill for a time then police moved in to deal with the protestors.

    Those arrested included the former Labour Government Cabinet Minister Mr. Phillip Amos. He placed his boat under the bows of the warship. It was his government that sent a frigate to protest against the French nuclear test programme in the South Pacific.

    This was only the fourth visit by a nuclear ship to New Zealand. The Long Beach first visited the country 12 years ago -- then there wasn't ripple of protest.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5A8EXYC8H0EGEEE97RZ5NU6NQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5A8EXYC8H0EGEEE97RZ5NU6NQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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