• Short Summary

    BLACK-HELMETED RIOT POLICE FOUGHT AGAINST SIX COACH-LOADS OF FLEMISH NATIONALISTS WHO STAGED A SURPRISE COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION AT FOURON-LE-COMTE, NEAR LIEGE, BELGIUM, TODAY (SUNDAY).

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    BLACK-HELMETED RIOT POLICE FOUGHT AGAINST SIX COACH-LOADS OF FLEMISH NATIONALISTS WHO STAGED A SURPRISE COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION AT FOURON-LE-COMTE, NEAR LIEGE, BELGIUM, TODAY (SUNDAY).

    DESPITE BARBED WIRE ROADBLOCKS GUARDED BY GENDARMES, THE COACHES, COMING FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE DUTCH FRONTIER, BURST INTO THE CENTRE OF THE VILLAGE WITH THE FLEMINGS SINGING THEIR ALLY SONG "THE FLEMISH LION".

    THE FOURONS DISTRICT, A RURAL AREA NORTH-WEST OF LIEGE, IS BEING TRANSFERRED TODAY FROM FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLONIA TO DUTCH-SPEAKING FLANDERS.TRANSFER OF THE TERRITORY, EMBRACING SIX VILLAGES AND HAMLETS WITH A TOTAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 5,000, IS PART OF THE RECENTLY VOTED LINGUISTIC REFORM BILL, A COMPROMISE WORKED OUT BY THE COALITION GOVERNMENT TO END THE "LANGUAGE WAR." THE WALLOONS CLAIM THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE FOURONS DISTRICT ARE MOSTLY FRENCH-SPEAKING VILLAGERS WHO ALSO USE A DIALECT SIMILAR TO THAT SPOKEN IN NEARBY GERMANY, AND HAVE NO ASSOCIATION WITH THE FLEMINGS.

    LATER, SOME 10,000 WALLOONS THRONGED THE VILLAGE SQUARE AT FOURON TO PROTEST AGAINST THE TRANSFER OF THE SIX VILLAGES.FOR THE MASS MEETING, DEMONSTRATORS WERE BROUGHT IN FROM SURROUNDING DISTRICTS BY ABOUT 800 VEHICLES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6C9H80IU2DT4I9OPI6T8QP6I7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6C9H80IU2DT4I9OPI6T8QP6I7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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