• Short Summary

    On Monday (19 April) in Fort Lamy, 149 political detainees were released on order of President Francois Tombalbaya, as a move for national reconciliation.

  • Description

    On Monday (19 April) in Fort Lamy, 149 political detainees were released on order of President Francois Tombalbaya, as a move for national reconciliation. The Minister of the Interior, Mahamat Douba Alifa, read out the names of those being released. Friends and relatives of the prisoners, after a delay of several hours, were finally reunited with their loved ones.

    Some of the released prisoners had been held since 1960 when President Tombalbaye declared Chad independant from France and became head of state. Those released included the Moslem leader, Ahmed Koulamallah, who was imprisoned in 1963 after rioting in this ethnically divided country.

    SYNOPSIS: One-hundred and forty-nine political detainees were released at Fort Lamy on Monday. After a delay of several hours, friends and relatives were happily reunited with their loved ones. The release followed an announcement by President Francois Tombalbaye on Sunday that he was setting the men free as a move towards national reconciliation.

    Minister of the Interior, Mahamat Douba Alifa, addressed the gathering and read off the list of those men being released. Some of those going home had been held since 1960, when President Tombalbaya declared Chad independant from France and became head of state. Among those released was the Moslem leader, Ahmed Koulamallah, who was imprisoned in 1963, after rioting had broken out in this ethnically divided country.

    Traditionally, the Moslems of the north have objected to the government in the Savannah plains of the south and the strong French influence there.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85XY7V5VYZXU4KTBUVGVX1W70
    Media URN:
    VLVA85XY7V5VYZXU4KTBUVGVX1W70
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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