A group of Ghanaian workers marched to the French embassy in Accra on Tuesday (10 July) to deliver a formal protest over France's intention to test nuclear explosive devices in the Pacific.
GV & SV's Demonstrators marching through streets with placards (2 shots)
GV & SV Demonstrators dance and chant (2 shots)
GV & CU French embassy and sign
SV TUC leaders enter embassy (2 shots)
SV Embassy official leaves embassy and greets Issifu and others
SV PAN Placards and demonstrators outside embassy
SV Official receives protest note
SV PAN Workers and placards
SV Issifu etc. leave embassy
SV PAN Demonstrators leave embassy
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Background: A group of Ghanaian workers marched to the French embassy in Accra on Tuesday (10 July) to deliver a formal protest over France's intention to test nuclear explosive devices in the Pacific.
They were led by Mr. A.M. Issifu of the Ghanaian T.U.C. and other senior union officials, who handed in strongly-worded note of protest to embassy staff.
The note said workers of Ghana "were shocked and dismayed" at the news of the atmospheric tests, adding: "the world and Africa in particular has not forgotten that France in utter disregard for world opinion exploded atomic bombs in the Sahara in 1958.
"The harm done to the lives of millions of Africans and other citizens of the world by this murderous act is irreversible and still fresh in our memory. Africa will never forget or forgive."
SYNOPSIS: Workers in Ghana have joined the ever-increasing protest movement throughout the world over proposed nuclear bomb tests by France in the Pacific. On Tuesday a delegation marched through the streets of Accra, waving banners and shouting anti-French slogans, on their way to deliver a protest note to the French embassy. At the head of the procession were Mr. Issifu of the Ghanaian T.U.C. and other senior union officials.
The note was couched on strongly-warded terms. "The world and Africa in particular not forgotten that France in utter disregard for World opinion exploded atomic bombs in the Sahara in nineteen-fifty-eight," said the note.
Embassy officials received the protest note, which said that the harm done to millions of Africans and other citizens of the world by this murderous act in the Sahara was irreversible, and still fresh in the memory. "Africa will never forget or forgive," in went on.