• Short Summary

    Five gunmen identified as South Moluccan extremists were still holding about fifty passengers hostage on Wednesday (3 December), on board a train they hi-jacked at Beilen in northern Holland on Tuesday (2 December).

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    Five gunmen identified as South Moluccan extremists were still holding about fifty passengers hostage on Wednesday (3 December), on board a train they hi-jacked at Beilen in northern Holland on Tuesday (2 December).

    After hi-jacking the express, the gunmen killed two men including the driver -- and then demanded his replacement. Originally there were about 80 passengers on board the train.

    However, five escaped late on Tuesday and another fourteen got away undercover of darkness on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile armed police and Marine Commandos of the Royal Netherlands Navy cordoned off the entire area and kept the express under observation. Late on Wednesday, security forces showed no sign that they would move in on the train.

    As armoured vehicles patrolled adjacent roads, the first batch of hostages to escape were driven away by police on Wednesday. The authorities remained mystified over the aims of the gunmen who were identified by the Justice Ministry as South Moluccan extremists.

    The Government said that their behaviour was becoming erratic and unpredictable and their demands were still unclear. Officials at the scene said that the gunmen appeared prepared to negotiate with the police, but they said a protracted siege of the train was expected.

    Police said that the hi-jacking appeared to be part of a campaign for the independence of the South Moluccan Islands that form part of Indonesia.

    When Indonesia gained independence from Holland, there was an uprising in the South Moluccan islands that was firmly dealt with by Indonesian forces.

    Thousands of South Moluccans now live in Holland where some of them have formed their own secret army against the day when, they say, they will liberate their homeland.

    However, the leader of the 35,000 strong South Moluccan community has appealed for the gunmen to give themselves up. And Justice Minister, Andreas Van Agt has said the gunmen will not be allowed to leave Holland. He said: "They have two dead people on their consciences. They cannot be allowed to leave".

    SYNOPSIS: Beilen in northern Holland where five gunmen were still holding about fifty passengers hostage onboard a train they hi-jacked. The men were identified as South Moluccan extremists.

    After stopping the train, the gunmen killed two men, including the driver -- and then demanded his replacement. Originally there were about eighty people onboard. However, nineteen managed to escape.

    With security forces backed up by armoured vehicles patrolling the cordon, the Dutch Government said that the behaviour of the gunmen was becoming erratic and unpredictable......And their demands were still unclear.

    Officials at the scene said that the gunmen appeared prepared to negotiate with the police. However, they said a protracted siege of the train was expected.

    As some of the train passengers who escaped were driven away, the police said that the hi-jacking appeared to be part of a extremist campaign for the independence of the South Moluccan Island from Indonesia.

    When Indonesia gained independence from Holland there was an uprising in the South Moluccan Islands that was firmly put down. Many South Moluccans now live in Holland and some have formed a secret army to liberate their homeland.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98NEK1COGIN05QT0ZAEC2DIP1
    Media URN:
    VLVA98NEK1COGIN05QT0ZAEC2DIP1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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