• Short Summary

    STUDENTS OF LOUVAIN UNIVERSITY, IN BELGIUM, HELD TWO DEMONSTRATIONS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY); ONE AIMED AT THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER CONCERNING THE LANGUAGE DISPUTE, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN THE RESIGNATION OF THE GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    STUDENTS OF LOUVAIN UNIVERSITY, IN BELGIUM, HELD TWO DEMONSTRATIONS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY); ONE AIMED AT THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER CONCERNING THE LANGUAGE DISPUTE, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN THE RESIGNATION OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE TWO DEMONSTRATIONS OCCURRED ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY ON THE CAMPUS OF THE CENTURIES-OLD UNIVERSITY, WHICH HAS BECOME A FOCAL POINT IN THE BITTER ARGUMENT BETWEEN FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLOONS AND DUTCH-SPEAKING FLEMINGS.

    THE ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATORS CARRIED PLACARDS, READING "WE DON'T WANT PEACE IN VIETNAM. WE WANT THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE TO BEAT THE AMERICANS" AND "BEAT THE AMERICANS OUT OF VIETNAM". THEY ALSO CARRIED A PICTURE OF CHE GUEVERRA, THE CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY, WHO WAS KILLED LAST YEAR BY BOLIVIAN SECURITY FORCES.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS HELD WITHOUT INCIDENT.

    INSIDE, PRO-FRENCH STUDENTS WERE PROTESTING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF FRENCH BEING DROPPED AS A SUBJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY.

    AN AGREEMENT IN 1962 DIVIDED THE COUNTRY INTO A DUTCH-SPEAKING SECTION AND A FRENCH-SPEAKING REGION BUT THE AGREEMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO UNIVERSITIES. LOUVAIN STANDS IN FLEMISH TERRITORY AND FOR SOME YEARS THE FLEMINGS HAVE BEEN PRESSING FOR THE BANNING OF FRENCH BUT THE WALLOONS RESENT ANY THREAT TO THEIR ANCIENT ATTACHMENT TO THE GREAT UNIVERSITY.

    RECENTLY, THE GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER PAUL VANDEN BOEYNANTS RESIGNED BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT AGREE ON A COMPROMISE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA79GDRN5DZQYWD9YAEZAR7SYBH
    Media URN:
    VLVA79GDRN5DZQYWD9YAEZAR7SYBH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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