• Short Summary

    Leaders from The People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union made a rare public appearance together in Bucharest, Rumania, on Friday (23 August) when they watched a parade of Warsaw Pact military might, marking the 30th anniversary of Rumnia's World War Two anti-Fascist insurrection.

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    Leaders from The People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union made a rare public appearance together in Bucharest, Rumania, on Friday (23 August) when they watched a parade of Warsaw Pact military might, marking the 30th anniversary of Rumnia's World War Two anti-Fascist insurrection.

    The Chinese Government was represented by Deputy Premier Li Sien Nien and the Soviets, by Premier Alexei Kosygin. They flanked Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu.

    In all, 76 countries sent special delegations to the celebrations. Party officials from all Communist countries, except Albania, attended. In addition, the 135 countries represented at the United Nations World Population Conference, being held in the city, were also invited to send their chief delegates to the parade.

    The parade is believed to be the first in Rumania since 1970, and it was designed to display the fruits of the Government's four-year armaments drive. Most of the weaponry on show - except the larger Soviet-built aircraft and missiles - were produced locally.

    Parachutists and brigades of armed schoolboys and schoolgirls marched in the parade, along with children, who observers reported appeared to be carrying toy rifles. About a quarter of a million workers and housewives in streetclothes followed in a four-hour march past.

    The celebrations mark the fall of Rumnia's pro-Hitler Antonescu Government on 23 August, 1944. Antonescu was arrested and Rumania joined the Allies in World War Two.

    SYNOPSIS: A parade of Warsaw Pact military might through the streets of Bucharest on Friday marked the thirtieth anniversary of Rumania's anti-Fascist insurrection.

    President Nicolae Ceausescu waved as column after column of marchers and weaponry filed past the saluting base.

    The parade was also an opportunity for the Rumanians to display the fruits of their four-year armaments drive. Apart from some large Soviet-built missiles and aircraft, all the weaponry on show was produced locally. It was reported that the parade was the first of its kind since nineteen seventy. Seventy-six countries sent special delegations to the celebrations and Party officials from all Communist countries, except Albania, were present.

    Chief delegates from the United Nations World Population conference, being held in Bucharest, were invited. The parade also saw a rare appearance together of Soviet Premier Kosygin and a leader from China, Deputy Premier Li Sien Nien.

    After the troops and machinery, brigades of schoolboys and schoolgirls marched past..... then about a quarter of a million workers and housewives joined the parade.

    The celebrations mark the fall of Rumania's pro-Hilter Antonescu Government in nineteen forty-four.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA94P7TM5DK5F10J7VBALCHHCM2
    Media URN:
    VLVA94P7TM5DK5F10J7VBALCHHCM2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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