• Short Summary

    A BIG CROWD OF GIBRALTARIANS SANG AND WAVED UNION JACKS LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) AS THE BORDER BETWEEN GIBRALTAR AND SPAIN WAS CLOSED BY FRONTIER GUARDS.

  • Description

    A BIG CROWD OF GIBRALTARIANS SANG AND WAVED UNION JACKS LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) AS THE BORDER BETWEEN GIBRALTAR AND SPAIN WAS CLOSED BY FRONTIER GUARDS. THE CLOSURE HAD BEEN PRECEDED BY AN EXODUS OF SPANISH WORKERS RETURNING TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY. SOME OF THE WORKERS WERE WEEPING AS THEY CROSSED THE BORDER FOR THE LAST TIME.

    THE BORDER WAS CLOSED, BY ORDER OF SPAIN'S GENERAL FRANCO, IN RETALIATION FOR BRITAIN'S PUBLICATION OF A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR GIBRALTAR ON MAY THIRTIETH.

    MORE THAN 4,600 SPANISH WORKERS, WHO NORMALLY CROSSED THE BORDER TO WORK IN THE BRITISH COLONY, ARE NOW PREVENTED FROM DOING SO.

    THE BORDER GATES WERE CLOSED FOR THE LAST TIME AT 11.30 P.M. LAST NIGHT. ABOUT 600 GIBRALTARIANS WERE WAITING TO TRY TO PLACE A UNION JACK ON THE GATES, BUT THEY WERE PREVENTED FROM DOING SO.

    AS THE LAST OF THE SPANISH WORKERS LEFT THE COLONY, THE CROWD BROKE INTO SONGS.

    TODAY, THE EARLY MORNING WORKERS' FERRY FROM ALGECIRAS WAS WITHOUT ITS USUAL 300-400 SPANISH PASSENGERS.

    ON THE SPANISH SIDE OF THE LAND BORDER, AT THE TOWN OF LA LINEA, BORDER GUARDS WERE PARTICULARLY ACTIVE. EXTRA POLICE WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM TRYING TO REACH GIBRALTAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA61XU3EZQB4I9DUI3697CN0ADW
    Media URN:
    VLVA61XU3EZQB4I9DUI3697CN0ADW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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