• Short Summary

    Stringent security precautions were in force on Tuesday (20 March) when Prime Minister Dzemal Bijedic of Yugoslavia arrived on an official visit to Australia.

  • Description

    Stringent security precautions were in force on Tuesday (20 March) when Prime Minister Dzemal Bijedic of Yugoslavia arrived on an official visit to Australia.

    There was little ceremony at the airport. Instead, the visitor and his 25-man entourage were whisked in a high-speed convoy to their hotel, while a helicopter gunship patrolled overhead. Intensive searches had been carried out of places along the route, and even motorists were subject to checks and searches.

    The security followed reports of a plot to kill Mr. Bijedic by right-wing extremists, claiming allegiance to the war-time government fleetingly established in Croatia, one of modern Yugoslavia's six constituent republica. There have already been several explosions in Australia attributed to Croatian extremists, and there was a further scare when gelignite was found in the boot of a car Mr. Bidejic's route. But it turned out to belong to a drainage contractor who had legitimate possession.

    Mr. Bijedic flew on to New Zealand on Thursday (22 March) -- and the thousand police officers involved in the toughest security screen Australia has ever known were able to relax again. The massive operation for the Yugoslav tour followed the visit the previous week of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Two large bombs were found on his route.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8HG9NBI1Y944989GHDI6MTTE4
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HG9NBI1Y944989GHDI6MTTE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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