• Short Summary

    ABOUT 100 ANTI-APARTHEID DEMONSTRATORS SURGED ON TO THE PITCH WHERE SOUTH AFRICA'S TOURING SPRINGBOK RUGBY TEAM WAS PLAYING TODAY (15 NOVEMBER) IN THE ROUGHEST DEMONSTRATION SINCE THE SIDE ARRIVED IN BRITAIN.

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    ABOUT 100 ANTI-APARTHEID DEMONSTRATORS SURGED ON TO THE PITCH WHERE SOUTH AFRICA'S TOURING SPRINGBOK RUGBY TEAM WAS PLAYING TODAY (15 NOVEMBER) IN THE ROUGHEST DEMONSTRATION SINCE THE SIDE ARRIVED IN BRITAIN.

    THE INVASION WAS SWIFTLY STEMMED BY A COMBINED FORCE OF POLICEMEN AND RUGBY-SUPPORTER VIGILANTES. IT TOOK ONLY THREE MINUTES TO CLEAR THE PITCH OF THE DEMONSTRATORS AND RESUME THE GAME.

    THE INCURSION APPEARED TO ANNOY BOTH THE SOUTH AFRICANS AND THE SWANSEA SIDE THEY WERE PLAYING IN THE FOURTH GAME OF THEIR 25-GAME TOUR, BUT THE SPRINGBOKS HUNG ON TO THE 12-0 LEAD THAT THEY HAD ESTABLISHED BY HALF-TIME.

    OUTSIDE THE STADIUM BEFORE THE MATCH, FIERCE FIGHTING BROKE OUT BETWEEN SHOUTING DEMONSTRATORS AND HEAVY FORMATIONS OF POLICE REINFORCED BY RUGBY SUPPORTERS ON THEIR WAY TO THE GAME.

    THE DEMONSTRATIONS FLARED INTERMITTENTLY FOR ABOUT 90 MINUTES BEFORE THE MATCH STARTED. NEARLY 2,000 PROTESTERS TOOK PART, MANY OF THEM FROM DISTANT PARTS OF BRITAIN.

    THEY FORMED UP OUTSIDE SWANSEA'S CIVIC CENTRE AND MARCHED TO THE STADIUM, BUT THE SWANSEA POLICE FORCE, REINFORCED BY POLICE FROM TO HER PARTS OF WALES, BARRED THE DEMONSTRATORS' WAY OUTSIDE THE GROUND.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS TRIED TO PUSH THEIR WAY THROUGH THE FIVE-DEEP LINE OF 1,000 POLICEMEN, SHOUTING 'SEIGH HEIL', 'APARTHEID PIGS', AND 'DON'T SCRUM WITH A SOUTH AFRICAN BUM'.

    AT ONE POINT POLICE WERE FORCED BACK INTO THE ROAD AMID TRAFFIC.

    SOME OF THE DEMONSTRATORS HURLED SMOKE BOMBS; OTHERS WAVED THEIR BANNERS AND HURLED THEM AT THE POLICE. RUGBY SUPPORTERS CHARGED INTO ACTION ALONGSIDE THE STRUGGLING OFFICERS AND AT TIMES HAD TO BE RESTRAINED FROM TRYING TO INJURE THE DEMONSTRATORS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5SCWY5Z3VVPRRBGAW6I316421
    Media URN:
    VLVA5SCWY5Z3VVPRRBGAW6I316421
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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