• Short Summary

    The first group of 40,000 Moroccan marchers trying to "reunite the Spanish Sahara with the motherland" made camp in the desert on Thursday (6 November) night only a few miles from formidable Spanish defence lines.

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    The first group of 40,000 Moroccan marchers trying to "reunite the Spanish Sahara with the motherland" made camp in the desert on Thursday (6 November) night only a few miles from formidable Spanish defence lines.

    The first marchers - who are all unarmed - set off on Wednesday (5 November) after the Moroccan government had ignored a last minute plea for cancellation by the United Nations Security Council.

    A second wave of 100,000 "peace marchers" began moving into the Spanish Sahara on Friday (7 November). Moroccan Premier Ahmed Osman who led the first marchers across the border returned to Agadir to report to King Hassan the same day.

    The U.N. Security Council is particularly worried about what will happen when the marchers have reached the Spanish Foreign Legion defence lines which are guarded by more than a quarter of a mile (kilometre) of minefields. The lines are about 15 miles inside the Spanish Saharan border.

    During Thursday the U.N. Security Council met again to consider the question. Reliable sources said there was a substantial measure of agreement which would deplore the march and call on Morocco "to take all appropriate steps to withdraw all the participants in the march from the territory".

    Latest reports on Friday night from the north east corner of the Spanish Sahara said heavy fighting had broken out between Saharan Nationalist guerrillas and Moroccan regulars.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA72V3JPAXQ0D3GEOSWCT2NI8V0
    Media URN:
    VLVA72V3JPAXQ0D3GEOSWCT2NI8V0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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