• Short Summary

    Waving banners reading "Down with the British Government" and "We want Independence", a large crowd of demonstrators - lad by Malta's Labour party leader Dom Mintoff - marched through the streets of Valetta Oct 9 in protest against the arrival of a British constitutional commission.

  • Description

    Waving banners reading "Down with the British Government" and "We want Independence", a large crowd of demonstrators - lad by Malta's Labour party leader Dom Mintoff - marched through the streets of Valetta Oct 9 in protest against the arrival of a British constitutional commission.

    Riot police stood by, as for two hours the procession moved slowly through the city. There were fewer Labour Party supporters than usual. Officials said this was due to belated police permission for the march to be held.

    Malta has been without representative Government since April, 1958, and the commission, led by Sir Hilary Blood, arrived Oct 7 with the following official terms of reference: "In the light of the expressed desire of Her Majesty's Government to restore representative Government in Malta, to formulate detailed proposals, after consultations with representatives of the Maltese people and interests, of the most appropriate means of implementing the statement regarding constitutional changes in Malta made by the Secretary of State for the Colonies in the House of Commons on July 27, 1960."
    Speaking at a press conference shortly after his arrival, Sir Hilary Blood - former Governor of Mauritius - said he and his colleagues intended to see as many people as possible before considering how their work could best be carried out.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6549LPZJ8SALKL0616XVIS909
    Media URN:
    VLVA6549LPZJ8SALKL0616XVIS909
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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