• Short Summary

    CAMBODIA IS CELEBRATING IT'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE FROM FRENCH RULE WITH A WEEK OF FESTIVALS AND FIREWORKS DISPLAYS.

  • Description

    CAMBODIA IS CELEBRATING IT'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE FROM FRENCH RULE WITH A WEEK OF FESTIVALS AND FIREWORKS DISPLAYS. PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK LAUNCHED THE CELEBRATIONS OF SATURDAY (9 NOVEMBER) BY LIGHTING A FLAME AT THE NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT IN PHNOM PENH.

    HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY PROVINCE HAVE POURED INTO THE CAPITAL FOR THE CELEBRATIONS. THE POPULATION OF PHNOM PENH HAS GONE UP FROM 600,000 TO NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE. THEY'VE COME TO SEE THE WATER FESTIVAL REGATTAS, THE FOREWORKS DISPLAYS AND THE NATIONAL BALLET.

    PRINCE SIHANOUK HAS TAKEN A LEADING PART IN THE CELEBRATIONS.

    WHEN THE PRINCE LIT THE FLAME AT THE NATIONAL MONUMENT 11 UNITED STATES AND ONE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PRISONERS WERE PRESENT. THEY HAVE BEEN HELD BY THE PRINCE AS HOSTAGES AGAINST AMERICAN RAIDS ON CAMBODIAN BORDER, SOUTH VIETNAMESE VILLAGES SINCE THEIR SHIP STRAYED INTO CAMBODIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS LAST JULY. THE PRINCE, SPEAKING AT THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, OFFERED TO RELEASE THE MEN IF THE AMERICANS CALL A HALT TO FIGHTING IN THE BORDER AREAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA88M0NJFAQ7U836V9UL9N4LFZO
    Media URN:
    VLVA88M0NJFAQ7U836V9UL9N4LFZO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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