• Short Summary

    A rally opposing the resumption of arms sales top South Africa erupted into violence today (Sunday) as police fought with groups of demonstrators outside the South African embassy in Trafalgar Square, London.

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    A rally opposing the resumption of arms sales top South Africa erupted into violence today (Sunday) as police fought with groups of demonstrators outside the South African embassy in Trafalgar Square, London.

    Several thousand people, representing anti-apartheid groups from all over Britain, took part in the rally and marched along the Thames embankment to Trafalgar Square to hear speeches condemning the proposed arms sales.

    The fighting began when police tried to move demonstrators who were blocking nearby traffic. Scuffles also occurred when 200 Maoists tried to join the rally while other demonstrators paraded outside the South African Embassy giving the Nazi salute and chanting "sieg heil". Forty people were arrested during the incidents.

    At the end of the rally, leaders of the organisations taking part marched to 10 Downing Street to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Edward Heath calling for a total embargo on the sale of arms to South Africa.

    The rally was addressed by several speakers, including Canon L. John Collins, who represented the International Defence and Aid Fund.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA642ZPQ515ZMLVE14I6EAGQVWY
    Media URN:
    VLVA642ZPQ515ZMLVE14I6EAGQVWY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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