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    In Algeria, the state funeral of President Houari Boumedienne who died on Wednesday (27 December), was held up for half an hour on Friday (29 December) when an estimated crowd of one million mourners in the capital, Algiers broke through police cordons and blocked the route.

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    In Algeria, the state funeral of President Houari Boumedienne who died on Wednesday (27 December), was held up for half an hour on Friday (29 December) when an estimated crowd of one million mourners in the capital, Algiers broke through police cordons and blocked the route.

    SYNOPSIS: Before the three-hour funeral ceremony police had managed to contain the thousands of people lining the route of the cortege from the Palais du Peuple, where the late President had lain in state to the main mosque. The procession to the cemetery was delayed when the crowd swarmed towards the coffin on the gun carriage, and police only restored order when water cannon were turned on the mourners.

    When the procession finally continued to the Martyrs Cemetery, some of the crowd, undeterred by the spray from the water cannon, tried to cling to the vehicles in the cortege. Thousands filed past the President's coffin during the lying-in-state and many had to receive medical treatment when they were overcome with emotion. President Boumedienne died of a rare blood ailment, after being in a coma for six weeks. He ruled Algeria for thirteen years after deposing Ahmed Ben Bella in a bloodless coup.

    The cemetery is where many Algerian fighters killed during the bitter civil war for independence against France in 1962 are buried. Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika gave a forty minute oration, his voice frequently breaking with emotion. Many members of the Algerian leadership wept during the ceremony. Almost all Arab nations sent representatives to the funeral and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and Palestinian Liberation leader Yasser Arafat were among the mourners. Under the terms of the Algerian constitution, Presidential elections must be held within forty-five days. President Boumedienne left no obvious successor.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8F3A3SC3D4DGS7Y37HXLVLN69
    Media URN:
    VLVA8F3A3SC3D4DGS7Y37HXLVLN69
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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