• Short Summary

    TWO DAYS OF STRIKES AND DEMONSTRATIONS BEGAN IN FRANCE ON FEBRUARY 12TH IN PROTEST AT THE DEATHS OF EIGHT PEOPLE - INCLUDING THREE WOMEN AND A BOY OF 15 - IN THE CLASHES BETWEEN LEFT-WING ANTI-O.

  • Description

    TWO DAYS OF STRIKES AND DEMONSTRATIONS BEGAN IN FRANCE ON FEBRUARY 12TH IN PROTEST AT THE DEATHS OF EIGHT PEOPLE - INCLUDING THREE WOMEN AND A BOY OF 15 - IN THE CLASHES BETWEEN LEFT-WING ANTI-O.A.S.DEMONSTRATORS AND THE POLICE ON FEBRUARY 8TH.ON THE MORNING ON FEBRUARY 12TH MANY PARISIANS HAD TO WALK AS PUBLIC TRANSPORT CAME OUT ON A HALF-HOUR STRIKE.AND IN THE EARLY EVENING SOME 30,000 GENDARMES AND ARMED RIOT POLICE STOODBY AS OVER 12,000 DEMONSTRATORS STAGED SILENT MARCHES.

    A FORETASTE OF THE GENERAL STRIKE WHICH IS EXPECTED TO PARALYSE THE COUNTRY FROM EARLY MORNING UNTIL LUNCH TIME ON FEBRUARY 13TH DURING THE FUNERAL OF THE EIGHT VICTIMS, BEGAN WITH THE HALF-HOUR STRIKE ON FEBRUARY 12TH.ABOUT A THIRD OF THE PARIS BUSES STOPPED RUNNING AND MANY UNDERGROUND TRAINS WERE AFFECTED.THE STRIKE ALSO INTERFERED WITH NORMAL SERVICES FROM MAIN LINE STATIONS.ELSEWHERE IN PARIS STUDENTS WERE AMONG THE MANY LEFT-WING SUPPORTERS WHO HANDED OUT LEAFLETS GIVING THE ORDER OF MARCH FOR THE FUNERAL PROCESSION.IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT BETWEEN 200,000 AND 300,000 MOURNERS WILL TAKE PART.THE GOVERNMENT, WHICH STILL BANS ALL STREET DEMONSTRATIONS, HAS GIVEN PERMISSION FOR "A SILENT MARCH" OF MOURNERS TO FOLLOW THE EIGHT COFFINS.THE ORDER OF MARCH WILL BE: RELATIVES OF THOSE KILLED, TRADE UNION LEADERS, POLITICAL LEADERS AND FINALLY "THE PEOPLE OF PARIS."
    THE TASK OF THE SECURITY FORCES ON THE NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 12TH WAS TO PREVENT A LEFT-WING RALLY TAKING PLACE IN THE PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE AS A PROTEST AGAINST FASCISM AND THE TERRORISM OF THE O.A.S., THE SECRET ARMY FIGHTING TO KEEP ALGERIA FRENCH.ALL APPROACHES TO THE VAST SQUARE WERE SEALED OFF AND UNDERGROUND STATIONS CLOSED.THE DEMONSTRATORS MADE NO ATTEMPT TO BREAK THROUGH THE CORDONS.FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS COMMUNIST PARTY CHIEFS AND SOCIALIST LEADERS, INCLUDING EX-PREMIER PIERRE MENDES-FRANCE, MARCHED SIDE BY SIDE.THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE LED BY SOCIALIST PARTY COUNCILLORS WEARING SASHES.THERE WERE NO CLASHES WITH THE POLICE AND POLICE TRUNCHEONS WERE KEPT OUT OF SIGHT UNDER BLACK CAPES.BUT POLICE VANS, RADIO CARS AND AMBULANCES STATIONED IN MANY PARTS OF THE CITY SHOWED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS READY FOR TROUBLE.

    IN NICE ON THE NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 12TH POLICE USED THEIR BATONS TO SCATTER 2,000 ANTI-O.A.S.DEMONSTRATORS WHO TRIED TO GATHER AT THE TOWN'S WAR MEMORIAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6KH7BQDQTWNJ95LSQY561RNU0
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KH7BQDQTWNJ95LSQY561RNU0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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