• Short Summary

    In the most
    astonishing state funeral to have been held in modern times, millions of
    ordinary Egyptians, yesterday (Thursday October 1) took over the ceremonial
    burial of President Nasser from the assembled leaders of the world.

  • Description

    1.
    GTV Crowds gather in square.
    0.03

    2.
    TV Crowd milling around.
    0.07

    3.
    SV Police trying to control crowd.
    0.10

    4.
    SV and TV Crowd running with banners (2 shots)
    0.20

    5.
    GTV Crowds around coffin.
    0.29

    6.
    GTV Large crowd by River Nile.
    0.32

    7.
    LV
    People on roof
    0.35

    8.
    GTV Crowd following coffin.
    0.38

    9.
    GTV Crowd clamouring to touch coffin.
    0.46

    10.
    TV Crowd chanting.
    0.48

    11.
    STV Injured woman carried above crowd.
    0.51

    12.
    STV Horsemen forge path through crowd.
    0.54

    13.
    SV Army carrying wreaths.
    0.58

    14.
    STV
    Trucks in procession
    0.60

    15.
    GTV Crowd milling.
    1.03

    16.
    TV and STV Vehicle covered by mourners.
    1.10

    17.
    STV Injured man carried away.
    1.12

    18.
    SV Crowds clamour to board lorry.
    1.19

    19.
    STV Lorry covered with people runs into crowd.
    1.23

    20.
    STV AND GTV Crowd milling round cars (3 shots)
    1.39

    21.
    SV Crowd with banners and Nasser portraits.
    1.44

    22.
    STV Crowd scuffling
    1.47

    23.
    STV and GTV Crowd (3 shots)
    1.47

    24.
    GV
    Revolutionary Council Building.
    1.58

    25.
    SV PAN
    Government representatives arriving on foot.
    2.03

    26.
    SV Government raps ZOOM IN TO Premier Kosygin.
    2.11

    27.
    SV and CU Kosygin shaking hands and meeting Egyptian officials (2
    shots)
    2.21

    28.
    SV Mrs Bandaranaike of Ceylon.
    2.26

    29.
    SV Gaddafi of Libya
    2.29

    30.
    SV Chaban-Delmas of France.
    2.35

    31.
    SV
    Haile Selassie of Ethiopia
    2.40

    32.
    SV Archbishop
    Makarios of Cyprus.
    2.42

    33.
    SV Wreath and portrait
    of Nasser.
    2.46

    34.
    SV Pressmen.
    2.48

    35.
    GV PAN Government representatives walk in procession.
    3.02

    36.
    SV Procession.
    3.07

    37.
    SV Coffin on gun carriage.
    3.20

    38.
    LV and
    GV PAN gun carriage passes with coffin.
    3.44

    39.
    SV
    Soldiers carrying medals and d decorations.
    3.48

    40.
    Cu Man weeping.
    3.52

    41.
    GV procession crossing
    bridge over Nile.
    3.54

    42.
    SV Police try to control
    crowd.
    4.01

    43.
    SV Women weeping
    4.06

    44.
    GV Bridge.
    4.10



    Initials PAF/PMW/CO/23.25 PAF/PMW/CO/0.54



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In the most
    astonishing state funeral to have been held in modern times, millions of
    ordinary Egyptians, yesterday (Thursday October 1) took over the ceremonial
    burial of President Nasser from the assembled leaders of the world. An estimated
    four million of them wept, ran, collapsed and struggled to get near the cortege
    totally disrupting the pre-planned ritual.

    Millions of Egyptians, chanting and crying in anguish burst through the 15-men
    deep human barriers and swarmed over the funeral procession route in an
    irresistible tide. Those on the processional route fought and struggled to touch
    the flag-draped coffin which bore then 52-year-old Egyptian leader on his final
    journey.

    Countless hundreds fainted and were borne spread eagled over the heads of the
    crowd to harassed first aid points. Steel-helmeted police and mounted troops
    struggled to hold back the crowds and to forge a way through for the cortege.

    Portraits of Nasser and cries of "Nasser" filled the air. At least six people
    were crushed to death in the turmoil.

    Many Heads of State were in Cairo to attend President Nasser's funeral, the most
    notable being the Soviet Premier, Alexei Kosygin. While in Cairo Mr Kosygin
    reaffirmed his country's desire for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in the
    Middle East, but added that the Soviet Union would continue to supply defensive
    aid to the Arab states. He advised Israel against pinning any hopes on a vacuum
    arising after the death of the Egyptian leader and said that the Soviet Union
    remained fully behind the UAR.

    Among those attending the funeral were Mrs Bandaranaike of Ceylon, Major-General
    Gaddafi of Libya, M. Chaban-Delmas the French Prime Minister, Emperor Haile
    Selaisse of Ethiopia and Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus.

    As the cortege rolled slowly away from the President's Old Revolutionary
    Headquarters of Gezira Island, crowds who had waited overnight on the streets
    broke into uncontrolled weeping. The coffin was placed on a gun carriage for the
    procession through the city and draped in the red, white and black colours of
    the republic. As it turned off the Nile bridge from Gezira Island the
    gun-carriage was almost overwhelmed by a sea of humanity and troops made
    desperate efforts to clear the way. It was hopeless.

    Thousands of screaming wailing Egyptians forced a way through the guards. Senior
    Army officers clung grimly to the carriage and were almost flung bodily to the
    ground by the mass of people leaping over each other's backs to touch the
    coffin.

    All attempts at maintaining order had gone and it was now a struggle to keep the
    coffin on the gun-carriage. Eventually the troops broke through the solid mass
    of people by the river and the cortege moved along the main road to the Mosgue.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6RBPRQASAKTYCJUPKU92W0J70
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RBPRQASAKTYCJUPKU92W0J70
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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