Over 50,000 people took part in a procession through the streets of Amman, the Jordan capital, yesterday (Friday) to protest against the latest United States proposals for a Middle East peace settlement.
GV Demonstrators with banners (3 shots)
SV kamal Nasser speaking from window
GV & CU Demonstrators (3 shots)
SV Arafat with child speaks from window
SV Arafat clasps hand in victory sign
SV Armed demonstrators
SV Arafat speaking
SV Arafat speaking
GV Demonstrators applaud
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Background: Over 50,000 people took part in a procession through the streets of Amman, the Jordan capital, yesterday (Friday) to protest against the latest United States proposals for a Middle East peace settlement.
Speaking from a balcony after the procession, top guerrilla chief Yasser Arafat said the Palestine Commandos wanted the liberation of all palestinian territory, not just land occupied by Israel during the six-day war.
The United Arab Republic and Jordan had already accepted the American peace plan, and Arafat was speaking shortly before news from Tel Aviv that the Israeli Government had followed suit.
Armed commandos in machine-gun mounted cars joined the procession. Observers said many guerrilla leaders felt that any solution in the Middle East other than a military one wold be a betrayal of all they've been fighting for.
The commandos in Amman appeared determined to show both that they could take control of the centre of Amman, and also that their forces were well disciplined. Observers said they succeeded on both counts, and that the demonstration was trouble-free.
Arafat, who appeared with the child of a commando said to have been killed by the Israelis, told the crowd that the whole Arab nation would take part in the battle against Israel.
kamal Nasser, official spokesman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Central Committee,declared that the Palestinian Revolution totally rejected compromise solutions or the recovery of "small parts of the homeland."