• Short Summary

    About fifteen thousand people took part in a colourful parade through the streets of Damascus on Saturday (15 November) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the "Corrective Movement" which brought President Hafez Al-Assad to power in Syria.

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    About fifteen thousand people took part in a colourful parade through the streets of Damascus on Saturday (15 November) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the "Corrective Movement" which brought President Hafez Al-Assad to power in Syria.

    The parade, in which university professors, students and leaders of many organisations took part, had the atmosphere of a carnival as it would its way through the main streets of the capital. The anniversary is treated as a national holiday, and large crowds turned out to watch.

    President Assad watched the parade from the balcony of the Presidential Palace. Also watching from the balcony were Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi, and the Assistant Secretary-General of the Baath Arab Socialist Party, Mr. Abdallah Ahmar.

    Many of the placards and banners carried in the parade strongly attacked the interim agreement on Sinai between Israel and Egypt, as well as Dr. Henry Kissinger, the United States Secretary of State, who negotiated the settlement. There were several unflattering caricatures of Dr. Kissinger and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.

    President Assad seized power on 13 November 1970, following a deep ideological conflict within the ranks of the ruling Baath Party. One side called for a rigid attitude, while the other, led by General Assad, advocated a more flexible approach and "open-door" policy for the recovery of Israeli-occupied Arab territory and the building of a powerful economy.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA87QAXBNEDBFHFKVWUO9UA1Y6X
    Media URN:
    VLVA87QAXBNEDBFHFKVWUO9UA1Y6X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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