Albania's Head of Government, Enver Hoxha, took the salute at a parade in Tirana marking the thirty-fifty anniversary of the Albanian People's Army.
SCU EXTERIOR: Albanian leader Enver Hoxha greeted by military cadets.
GV AND SV: cadets on parade with rifles at present arms. (3 shots)
Hoxha walks past inspecting guard of honour (2 shots)
Hoxha seated with officials on dais, as troops march past (3 shots)
GV: women cadets march past as Hoxha and others look on. (2 shots)
SV: Hoxha looks on as flag bearers and squads march past. (2 shots)
CU: Hoxha delivering speech and troops applaud. (2 shots)
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Background: Albania's Head of Government, Enver Hoxha, took the salute at a parade in Tirana marking the thirty-fifty anniversary of the Albanian People's Army.
SYNOPSIS: Cadets form military schools greeted Mr. Hoxha, who is general commander of the People's Army. It was formed in nineteen forty-three after Italy's involvement in World War Two ended. Italy had occupied Albania for the previous four years. The parade, held on July the tenth, featured men and women cadets, and a large guard of honour was formed for the party leader's inspection.
Only the day before, Albania served its remaining links with China, cutting itself off from all the big powers. The break came immediately China had announced it was cutting off all aid and removing its technician from Albania.
Now it's the turn of the women cadets to show their marching style. Relations between Albania and China had been cool since the death of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, and Albania's constant criticism of Chinese policies, which they termed 'opportunism' had made the final rupture inevitable. It came eighteen years after Soviet experts had pulled out in similar circumstances.
Political observers said the Chinese move was spurred an article in the Albanian party newspaper, Zeri I Popullit, which called China an imperialist country of Vietnam. In Moscow, Tass, the Soviet newsagency, had published this article in full. The Chinese were thought to have interpreted this as one recent development showing Albania was turning back to Moscow. But observers elsewhere say this viewpoint has not so far been substantiated. Only a few days before, Albania had denounced what is called Soviet economic exploitations.