• Short Summary

    FOLLOWING THE HANGING MONDAY (JANUARY 27) OF 11 MEN CONVICTED OF SPYING FOR ISRAEL IN BAGHDAD'S TAHRIR (LIBERATION) SQUARE, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND IRAQI DEMONSTRATORS TOOK TO THE STREETS IN A MASSIVE MARCH SUPPORTING THE EXECUTIONS.

  • Description

    FOLLOWING THE HANGING MONDAY (JANUARY 27) OF 11 MEN CONVICTED OF SPYING FOR ISRAEL IN BAGHDAD'S TAHRIR (LIBERATION) SQUARE, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND IRAQI DEMONSTRATORS TOOK TO THE STREETS IN A MASSIVE MARCH SUPPORTING THE EXECUTIONS.

    OF THE 14 MEN CONVICTED OF SPYING FOR ISRAEL, 11 WERE HANGED IN BAGHDAD'S LIBERATION SQUARE- WHERE THEY WERE LEFT ON PUBLIC VIEW FOR SIX HOURS; AND THE OTHER THREE WERE PUBLICLY HANGED IN BASRA, SOUTHERN IRAQ.

    FOLLOWING THE HANGINGS, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BEGAN GATHERING IN AND AROUND THE SQUARE, MANY HAVING COME FROM ALL OVER IRAQ. THE DEMONSTRATION, WHICH GRADUALLY GREW TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND STRONG, WAS LED BY THE MINISTERS OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND CULTURE AND INFORMATION.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS CARRIED BANNERS AND SHOUTED SLOGANS CALLING FOR "DEATH TO SPIES AND TRAITORS", AND A MEMBER OF THE RULING ARAB BAATH SOCIALIST PARTY, SALAH OMAR AL-ALI, READ A STATEMENT FROM THE PARTY LEADERSHIP WHICH DESCRIBED THE EXECUTIONS AS A CRUSHING BLOW WHICH BROKE THE BACKBONES OF SPIES AND TRAITORS. THE STATEMENT ADDED THAT THE DAY MARKED THE END OF THE "ERA OF TRAITORS, HIRELINGS AND LOITERERS AT THE GATES OF EMBASSIES AND INSIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENTS. HERE BEGINS THE ERA OF THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE WHO PUT THE TRAITOR IN HIS PLACE ON THE SCAFFOLD.....AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS ONLY A SMALL FULFILMENT OF THE GREAT PLEDGE MADE BY THE REVOLUTIONARY LEADERS THAT NO SPY SHALL LIVE ON IRAQI SOIL AFTER THIS DAY."
    LATER THAT NIGHT IT WAS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED THAT MORE CASES OF SPYING WERE BEING INVESTIGATED AND WOULD COME BEFORE THE COURT, ALTHOUGH NO DETAILS HAVE AS YET BEEN REVEALED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7HXZAPJOXU3E8PI0R1JDA2HVO
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HXZAPJOXU3E8PI0R1JDA2HVO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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