• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOAQUIN BALAGUER OF DOMINICA, WITH POWERFUL SUPPORT FROM THE REPUBLIC'S AIR FORCE, WON A CONVINCING VICTORY OVER FOES OF HIS LIBERAL REGIME NOVEMBER 19.

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    PRESIDENT JOAQUIN BALAGUER OF DOMINICA, WITH POWERFUL SUPPORT FROM THE REPUBLIC'S AIR FORCE, WON A CONVINCING VICTORY OVER FOES OF HIS LIBERAL REGIME NOVEMBER 19. HE WAS ALSO SUPPORTED BY OTHERS OPPOSED TO THE RE-IMPOSITION OF A TRUJILLO FAMILY DICTATORSHIP. THE CRISIS DEVELOPED ON NOVEMBER 18 WHEN A GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT STATED THAT GENERAL RAFAEL TRUJILLO, SON OF THE ASSASSINATED DICTATOR, HAD RESIGNED HIS POSITION AS CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES AND WAS LEAVING THE COUNTRY ABOARD HIS YACHT. FILM TAKEN OCTOBER 28 WAS THE LAST INTERVIEW GIVEN BY THE YOUNG GENERAL WHO SUPPORTED THE BALAGUER GOVERNMENT.

    HE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE RESIGNED AS A PROTEST AGAINST THE RETURN FROM EXILE OF HIS TWO UNCLES, GENERAL HECTOR TRUJILLO AND GENERAL JOSE ARIZMENDI TRUJILLO. IT WAS FEARED THEY MIGHT ATTEMPT TO SEIZE POWER. BUT IN A BROADCAST THE NEXT DAY, PRESIDENT BALAGUER DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND ANNOUNCED THAT THE ELDER TRUJILLOS HAD AGREED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY WITHIN A FEW HOURS. HE ALSO SAID HE WAS ASSUMING COMMAND OF THE ARMED FORCES. THAT NIGHT THOUSANDS DANCED IN THE CAPITAL OF CIUDAD TRUJILLO SHOUTING "FREEDOM AT LAST".

    THERE WERE STRONG INDICATIONS THAT PRESIDENT BALAGUER HAD RECEIVED ASSURANCES THAT UNITED STATES MARINES WOULD BE LANDED IN THE CAPITAL IF ASSISTANCE WAS REQUESTED. FOUR AMERICAN WARSHIPS APPEARED IN DOMINICAN COASTAL WATERS FOLLOWING A STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE DEAN RUSK, WHO SAID THE U.S. GOVERNMENT COULD NOT SIT IDLY BY THE WATCH MEMBERS OF THE TRUJILLO FAMILY "REASSERT DICTATORIAL DOMINATION."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5J8SMBWBMFS1V6411YEFE1JBY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5J8SMBWBMFS1V6411YEFE1JBY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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