• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER HERMES WAS "BLACKED" BY MALTESE TUGMEN WHEN SHE ARRIVED IN VALLETTA HARBOUR FOR A WEEKEND VISIT.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER HERMES WAS "BLACKED" BY MALTESE TUGMEN WHEN SHE ARRIVED IN VALLETTA HARBOUR FOR A WEEKEND VISIT. THEY REFUSED TO HELP HER EITHER INTO OR OUT OF THE HARBOUR.

    THE SHIP LEFT GRAND HARBOUR YESTERDAY, MONDAY.

    AS THE BOYCOTT WENT ON SOME 16,000 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES -- FROM HEADS OF DEPARTMENT TO MESSENGERS -- STAGED A SILENT MARCH THROUGH VALLETTA TO PROTEST AT BRITISH DEFENCE CUTS.

    IT WAS THE SECOND SILENT MARCH IN TWO DAYS.

    THE PROTESTS ARE AGAINST THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO CUT HER ARMED FORCES IN MALTA BY TWO-THIRDS AND DISMISS SOME 6,000 MALTESE WORKING FOR THE SERVICES.

    THE MALTESE GOVERNMENT HAS TOLD BRITAIN THAT SHE HAS FORFEITED ALL RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES ON THE ISLAND BY HER ACTION.

    HOPE ROSE ON THE ISLAND WITH THE ARRIVAL OF 1,500 U.S. MARINES FROM THE SIXTH FLEET. IT WAS RUMOURED THAT THE UNITED STATES MIGHT TAKE OVER BRITAIN'S BASES ON THE ISLAND.

    BUT THE MARINES WERE MERELY THERE FOR A TWO WEEKS EXERCISE, ARRANGED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO. UNITED STATES SOURCES HAVE SAID THAT THERE IS NO INTENTION FOR THE U.S. DEFENCE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE OVER THE BRITISH ROLE IN MALTA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA878JYKP1ZAS44BK7SGYTXJK0G
    Media URN:
    VLVA878JYKP1ZAS44BK7SGYTXJK0G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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