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    March 8 - opening day of the tenth Commonwealth Prime Ministers conference in London, and "anti-Apartheid" demonstrates, including Labour Members of Parliament, patrolled the streets outside Lancaster House.

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    March 8 - opening day of the tenth Commonwealth Prime Ministers conference in London, and "anti-Apartheid" demonstrates, including Labour Members of Parliament, patrolled the streets outside Lancaster House.

    They started their 72-hour vigil at midnight, and were in place for the early arrivals at the conference to protest against the South African Government's racial policy.

    Twelve of the demonstrators were black and white bands bearing the word "Sharpeville". A wreath - a symbol of mourning for those who died at Sharpeville - was placed on the steps of Lancaster House.

    One of the main item for discussion between the Prime Ministers was expected to be the question of South African membership of the Commonwealth. Many preliminary meetings on this topic have taken place between Premiers but it was felt the question would not be raised in plenary sessions until after the following weekend.

    It was thought that by that time Prime Minister Macmillan's talks with Mr. Diefenbaker (Canada), Dr. Verwoerd (South Africa), Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaya), and others, would clarify the situation and procedure.

    The opening session was to be devoted to a complete survey of current world tensions. The Congo crisis and the prospect of easing dangers between the West, Russia and Communist China were subjects expected to dominate the talks. The debate was to be concluded by Mr. Macmillan.

    Prime Ministers Diefenbaker of Canada and Holyoake of New Zealand, whoa have both had recent talks with President Kennedy, were to report on their impressions of the new American administration.

    A key question was expected to be next moves by the West in the Congo Republic with pressure from the Afro-Asian group for a withdrawal by the big nations from "interference" in Congolese affairs.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8BGLO5SGT65GO65IX4BZTNABW
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BGLO5SGT65GO65IX4BZTNABW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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