• Short Summary

    STREET BATTLES DESCRIBED AS SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVER SEEN IN ISTANBUL RAGED FOR SEVERAL HOURS TODAY (TUESDAY) BETWEEN HELMETED RIOT POLICE AND AN ESTIMATED 3,000 STUDENTS.

  • Description

    STREET BATTLES DESCRIBED AS SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVER SEEN IN ISTANBUL RAGED FOR SEVERAL HOURS TODAY (TUESDAY) BETWEEN HELMETED RIOT POLICE AND AN ESTIMATED 3,000 STUDENTS. HOSPITAL SOURCES SAID TWO PEOPLE -- A STUDENT AND A POLICEMAN -- DIED IN THE CLASHES AROUND ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY IN WHICH STUDENTS HURLED STONES, COBBLES AND MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AT THE POLICE, WHO REPLIED WITH TEAR GAS AND SMOKE BOMBS.

    OFFICIAL SOURCES REFUSED TO SAY IF THERE WERE ANY DEATHS, BUT SAID 30 INJURED WERE IN HOSPITAL. THE STUDENTS WERE PROTESTING POLICE OCCUPATION OF THE UNIVERSITY, A MOVE TAKEN BECAUSE OF PREVIOUS TROUBLE. IT WAS REPORTED THAT SEVEN OTHER STUDENTS WERE ALSO IN HOSPITAL.

    AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FIGHTING, TWO COMPANIES OF REGULAR TROOPS, KEPT IN READINES BUT OUT OF SIGHT, WERE CALLED IN. ABOUT 600 OF THEM DROVE A WEDGE BETWEEN THE STUDENTS AND POLICE.

    THE TROOPS REPORTEDLY HAD A CALMING EFFECT ON THE STUDENTS, WHO ARE SAID TO REGARD THE SOLDIERS AS REPRESENTING THE STATE RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT.

    A NUMBER OF STUDENTS WERE LED AWAY BY POLICE DURING THE FIGHTING.

    THE VIOLENCE BROKE OUT AFTER STUDENTS TRIED TO BREAK IN AND OCCUPY THE UNIVERSITY AND STOP OTHER STUDENTS FROM TAKING FINAL EXAMINATIONS.

    THE PRESENCE OF THE POLICE, ON HAND AFTER THE UNIVERSITY WAS REOPENED FOLLOWING EARLIER STUDENT BOYCOTTS AND OCCUPATIONS, REPORTEDLY PROVOKED SOME STUDENTS INTO REFUSING TO TAKE THEIR EXAMINATIONS. THERE WAS ALSO CONSIDERABLE FEELING AMONG STUDENTS, AND FACULTY MEMBERS, OVER THE FAILURE OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PUSH THE UNIVERSITIES REFORM BILL THROUGH PARLIAMENT BEFORE IT WAS DISSOLVED LAST MONTH.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA93CNLWHEOO35WBQ9WUD49XP3B
    Media URN:
    VLVA93CNLWHEOO35WBQ9WUD49XP3B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment