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    With a 101-gun salute and a full-threaten roar of "Ablode" (Freedom) from 100,000 people, Togoland became the world's newest independent State, April 27, as at one minute past midnight, the new Togo flag was hauled to the top of a flagpole in the park outside the floodlighted Government House at Lome, and the French-administered United Nations trust territory became the Independent Republic of Togo.

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    With a 101-gun salute and a full-threaten roar of "Ablode" (Freedom) from 100,000 people, Togoland became the world's newest independent State, April 27, as at one minute past midnight, the new Togo flag was hauled to the top of a flagpole in the park outside the floodlighted Government House at Lome, and the French-administered United Nations trust territory became the Independent Republic of Togo.

    Togolese Prime Minister, Sylvanus Olympic, addressed the crowds with an independence day message, saying: "Our country of Togo has, since 1894, been successively a German protectorate, a Franco-British condominium, and a United Nations trust territory administered by France. On this day, April 27, it has found its rightful liberty. "The speech was nearly drowned by immense cheering from the audience. As the 58-year-old Premier made his speech, tons of thousands of Togolese were celebrating by dancing to tom-toms in the streets of Lome throughout the night.

    Togo-with a population of just over a million - lies between Ghana on the west and Dahomey on the east. It is now the smallest independent African state and the fifth independent West African state, following Liberia, Ghana, Guinea and Cameroon. The first embassy to be set up in Lome is to be the French, the second the United States and the third the West German. These three countries together with Russia - sent the largest delegations to the independent ceremony. France paid ???200,000 towards the celebrations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7YMSEVODSWJ0ZT3SVSC2S1MRI
    Media URN:
    VLVA7YMSEVODSWJ0ZT3SVSC2S1MRI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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