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    MR. CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND, THE BRITISH LABOUR PARLIAMENTARIAN WHO WAS ASSAULTED AND ABUSED DURING A MEETING?

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    MR. ROWLAND BEING INTERVIEWED.



    INTERVIEWER: WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR NOW THAT YOU HAVE HAD TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT?



    ROWLAND: NOT ENTIRELY SURPRISED. I THINK BEFORE I CAME THAT THERE IS A SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY HERE WHICH IS VIOLENTLY PRO-SMITH AND IT'S A RATHER THUGGISH, UNTHINKING SECTION. AND I REMEMBER SAYING TO PEOPLE BEFORE I LEFT THAT I SHALL NOT BE UNHAPPY TO GET BACK TO ENGLAND, BECAUSE THIS KIND OF THING CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY WHO COMES OUT FROM THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT WHO SUPPORT THE POLICY OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, AND WE ARE THE FIRST THREE LABOUR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO HAVE DONE THIS SINCE THE ILLEGAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.



    INTERVIEWER: MR. VAN DER BY MADE A STATEMENT LAST NIGHT IN WHICH HE SAID YOU HAD BROKEN THE LAW BY HOLDING THIS MEETING. WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO HIS STATEMENT?



    ROWLAND: WELL, AS I SAID, IT WASN'T INTENDED TO BE A MEETING. IT TURNED OUT THAT MANY MORE PEOPLE CAME TO SEE US THEN WE HAD EVER ANTICIPATED. AND MR VAN DER SYL KNOWS THIS, BUT HE OF COURSE FINDS THIS JUDICIOUS TO SUGGEST THAT WE HAVE BROKEN THE LAW. HE, OF COURSE, MUST BE VERY EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT ALL BECAUSE, IN FACT, ALL THIS TROUBLE CAME FROM THE MOST INTRACTABLE SUPPORTERS OF HIS REGIME.




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    Background: MR. CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND, THE BRITISH LABOUR PARLIAMENTARIAN WHO WAS ASSAULTED AND ABUSED DURING A MEETING AT A SALISBURY HOTEL ON WEDNESDAY HAS COMMENTED THAT THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE AUDIENCE WAS NOT UNEXPECTED. MR. ROWLAND, AND TWO OTHER BRITISH LABOUR POLITICIANS, DOCTOR JEREMY BRAY AND MR. DAVIED ENNALS, WERE ABUSED AND HECKLED THROUGHOUT THE TWO HOURS THEY ATTEMPT TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING. THEY HAD TO BE ESCORTED FROM THE HOTEL BY POLICE WHEN THE MEETING BROKE UP IN DISORDER.

    APOLOGISING FOR THE INCIDENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ILLEGAL RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT SAID THE THREE MEN HAD CONTRAVENED LOCAL LAWS. THE INCIDENT HAS ALSO BEEN DEPLORED BY THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. WILSON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6EB7FRG1QFCNFCCUAIK4FOKI7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6EB7FRG1QFCNFCCUAIK4FOKI7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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