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    A crowd of about 200,000 people - the largest crowd to demonstrate since the beginning of the Franco-Tunisian crisis three months ago - gathered today before the Palace of President Bourguiba in Tunis.

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    A crowd of about 200,000 people - the largest crowd to demonstrate since the beginning of the Franco-Tunisian crisis three months ago - gathered today before the Palace of President Bourguiba in Tunis. It was a peaceful demonstration aimed against General Massu; the crowd demanded the withdrawal of French troops from the disputed border area, and carried placards in French and English asking for a supply of arms.

    Though the first part of the demonstration was timed to beginning at 8 pm exactly, shops closed at 5 pm and stayed closed
    Later the crowd assembled around a podium in the Place du Goubernment, to hear a speech made by President Bourguiba in the presence of M. Bahi Ladgham, and M. Sadok Mokadem the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    President Bourguiba reiterated the demands made in his broadcast last night for the immediate evacuation of all French Troops in Tunisia, and made it clear that Tunisia would not discuss any French offers of partial regrouping of evacuation in the future. He also called on Britain and the United States (hence the placards in English) to support Tunisia in and out of the United Nations.

    The demonstrators moved to the Place de L'Independence to the outside of the French Embassy and the American Consul.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA65KJK8FIJDHXXMJTKN5S46ZTO
    Media URN:
    VLVA65KJK8FIJDHXXMJTKN5S46ZTO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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