• Short Summary

    Troops in tanks and armoured care continued to guard the residence of the Indonesian Ambassador in The Hague on Tuesday (25 April), following threats that South Moluccan refugees living in Holland would try to kidnap him.

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    Troops in tanks and armoured care continued to guard the residence of the Indonesian Ambassador in The Hague on Tuesday (25 April), following threats that South Moluccan refugees living in Holland would try to kidnap him. In another part of the city, some of the estimated 8,000 South Moluccan refugees in Holland -- also known as Amboinese -- held a meeting at which they observed the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the self-proclaimed free republic of the South Moluccas.

    The South Moluccans settled in Holland when the Indonesian Republic was founded in 1950. They have often expressed their disapproval of their situation, and two years ago occupied the Indonesian Ambassador's residence in the Hague as a protest.

    they've said they want to return to the South Molucca islands, but not under Indonesian rule.

    During the meeting, which was attended by the self-proclaimed republic's leader, President Manusama, the flag of the free republic was raised as the audience sang the anthem.

    At the meeting, President Manusama reaffirmed the will of the Amboinese to fight for their free republic.

    SYNOPSIS: Dutch troops in tanks and armoured personnel carriers continued to guard the Indonesian Ambassador's residence in The Hague on Tuesday in the wake of threats that South Moluccan refugees resident in Holland would try to kidnap him.

    But at a hall, the flag of the self-proclaimed free republic of South Molucca was flying. And many of the estimated 8,000 South Moluccan refugees in Holland -- who are also called Amboinese -- arrived for a special meeting.

    They were preparing to observe the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the free republic which was called into being when Indonesia became a republic in 1950.

    The self-proclaimed republic's leader, President Manusama, was among those at the meeting. The Amboinese say they want ad return to the South Molucca islands -- but not under Indonesian rule, because that's why they left initially.

    While in Holland, the South Moluccnas expressed dissatisfaction with their situation. And, two years ago, they occupied the Indonesian Ambassador's residence. On Tuesday, President Manusama reaffirmed the will of the Amboinese to fight for their free republic. During the anniversary observations, which included a flag-raising ceremony, the audience sang the free republic's anthem.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8SSLEPMQ7UWR2BKWLJU93BVIU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8SSLEPMQ7UWR2BKWLJU93BVIU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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