• Short Summary

    ABOUT 20,000 ARABS MARCHED IN SILENT PROTEST THROUGH THE STREETS OF AMMAN LAST SATURDAY (2 NOVEMBER) ON THE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION.

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    ABOUT 20,000 ARABS MARCHED IN SILENT PROTEST THROUGH THE STREETS OF AMMAN LAST SATURDAY (2 NOVEMBER) ON THE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION.

    UNDER THE DECLARATION BY BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY ARTHUR BALFOUR IN 1917, BRITAIN PLEDGED TO HELP ESTABLISH IN PALESTINE A NATIONAL HOME FOR THE JEWS.

    LAST SATURDAY'S MARCHERS WERE PRECEDED BY PEOPLE DEPORTED RECENTLY FROM THE ISRAELI-OCCUPIED WEST BANK OF THE JORDAN. ALSO IN THIS GROUP OF THE MARCH WERE STUDENTS AND ARAB RESISTANCE FIGHTERS.

    THE SILENT DEMONSTRATION WAS ORGANISED, IN PART BY THE "NATIONAL GATHERING" AND THE "SAVE JERUSALEM COMMITTEE".

    PLACARDS CARRIED INCLUDED SUCH SLOGANS AS "THE POPULAR WAR IS OUR WAY TO VICTORY", AND "OUR HOLY PLACES CALL ON US TO LIBERATE THEM FROM ZIONIST OCCUPATION", AND "DOWN WITH THE ILL-CONCEIVED BALFOUR DECLARATION. THE BALFOUR DECLARATION IS A BRAND OF SHAME IN THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN."
    THE DEMONSTRATION PASSED THROUGH THE MAIN STREET OF THE JORDANIAN CAPITAL TO THE SQUARE OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF AMMAN, WHERE THE LEADERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE MADE SPEECHES.

    THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., LATER SAID THAT ABOUT 1,500 DEMONSTRATORS CHANTED SLOGANS AND THREW STONES AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN AMMAN. EMBASSY WINDOWS AND A CAR WERE DAMAGED BUT THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES, THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAID.

    DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE BALFOUR DECLARATION ALSO TOOK PLACE IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, DAMASCUS, SYRIA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ.

    A CURFEW WAS CLAMPED ON AMMAN TODAY (MONDAY) FROM 0800 (0600GMT) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, IT WAS REPORTED. THIS FOLLOWED OUTBREAKS OF SCATTERED SHOOTING IN THE CITY. THIS FOLLOWS LAST SATURDAY'S ATTACK ON THE U.S. EMBASSY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6I71L0KRT4OERLI1L3A1ICL6P
    Media URN:
    VLVA6I71L0KRT4OERLI1L3A1ICL6P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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