• Short Summary

    DECEMBER 9 BROUGHT WEEKEND 'SIT-DOWNS' BY ANTI H-BOMB DEMONSTRATORS IN WEST GERMANY AND IN THE U.

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    DECEMBER 9 BROUGHT WEEKEND 'SIT-DOWNS' BY ANTI H-BOMB DEMONSTRATORS IN WEST GERMANY AND IN THE U.K. BOTH WERE PART OF ORGANISED CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAMPAIGNS PROTESTING AGAINST THE PRESENCE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THEIR COUNTRIES, AND BOTH WERE RAPIDLY AND EFFICIENTLY DEALT WITH BY STRONG FORCES OF POLICE.
    AT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BASE AT WETHERSFIELD, U.K., ONE OF THREE U.S.A.F. STATIONS TO BE MARCHED ON BY HUNDREDS OF SUPPORTERS OF THE ANTI-NUCLEAR 'COMMITTEE OF 100', THE 'GENTLE ARM OF THE LAW' SOON MOVED TO PICK UP THE LIMP DEMONSTRATORS AND REMOVE THEM, UNCEREMONIOUSLY, TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
    BY THE END OF THE DAY THE POLICE - SOME 850 STRONG - HAD ARRESTED 73 OF THE SEVEN HUNDRED 'NUCLEAR DISARMERS'. IN A DAY OF BAN-THE-BOMB DEMONSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT THE U.K., NEARLY 900 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED.
    THE ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTEST AT DUISBURG, WEST GERMANY, WAS A COMPARATIVELY SMALL AFFAIR. ABOUT 150 MEMBERS OF THE 'WAR RESISTERS INTERNATIONAL' STAGED A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE GLAMORGAN BARRACKS.
    THEY WERE SAID TO BE PROTESTING GENERALLY AGAINST THE PRESENCE OF MISSILES ON WEST GERMAN SOIL AND PARTICULARLY AGAINST THE RECENT STATIONING OF A BRITISH ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE UNIT IN THE TOWN. THIS ROCKET UNIT WAS MOVED TO GERMANY AS PART OF THE MILITARY BUILD-UP TO MEET THE BERLIN CRISIS.
    WHEN THE DEMONSTRATORS REFUSED TO BUDGE, THE POLICE EMPLOYED ALMOST THE SAME METHODS AS THEIR BRITISH COUNTERPARTS. THE SIT-DOWNERS WERE LIFTED UP - BUY THIS TIME THERE WAS NO TRANSFERRING TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THEY WERE CARRIED STRAIGHT INTO POLICE VANS AND TAKEN AWAY FOR QUESTIONING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA84JUALGEU2H788XZSNIWBGK84
    Media URN:
    VLVA84JUALGEU2H788XZSNIWBGK84
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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