• Short Summary

    Over 16,000 people will be involved in security arrangements for the 1976 Olympic Games, which open in Montreal, Canada in July.

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    1.
    GV Olympic village (4 shots)
    0.14

    2.
    GV PAN FROM village to stadium
    0.27

    3.
    GV AND SV organising committee building and sign
    0.30

    4.
    GV INTERIOR committee facing newsmen and military officials
    0.34

    5.
    SV Monsieur Rousseau, committee chairman
    0.37

    6.
    SV Committee member Donald Cobb speaking
    1.18


    SOF STARTS: "If the intelligence net......



    SOF ENDS: ...and damage to property."


    7.
    GV newsmen and military personnel (2 shots)
    1.26

    8.
    SV Major-General Reid speaking
    2.03


    SOF STARTS:



    "For such large...



    SOF ENDS:...not have the Olympics"



    DONALD COBB: "If the intelligence net that you are able to build is capable of providing you with advance information, then your chances may be fairly good of preventing an act of the Munich sort. But its possible that the net will not suffice, and something will happen. The best you can do there, and this is something that we have tried to do, is to anticipate just about every kind of situation that might be produced by such an act, so that we have a planned response ready that will resolve the situation with the minimum of loss of life and damage to property".



    MAJOR-GENERAL REID "For such large events as the Olympics, as for any movement of V.D.I.P., there is always a danger involved. And for the Olympics the only 100 per cent security is to make sure everybody stays at home, that is admitted. However, in your preparations you try to erase the percentage in your preparedness and by having a reasonable hope of coping with whatever might come up. And that is what honestly we are trying to do. But there's no 100 per cent security - the only way is to make sure everybody stays home and not have the Olympics."



    As work continues on the Olympic village and stadium in Montreal, Canada, world attention shifted this week from 'will it all be ready by July?' to the even more serious business of security arrangements. On Tuesday the Organising Committee of eh Olympic Games held a news conference to present their plans for the protection of the 12,000 athletes and an estimated half-a-million visitors.



    It was announced that over 16,000 people will be involved in the security arrangements. Committee member Donald Cobb gave some details.



    Another speaker at the conference was Major-General Roland Reid, responsible for Olympic co-ordination at the Canadian Ministry of Defence.



    SPEECH ON FILM START: "If the intelligence net.........



    SPEECH ON FILM ENDS: .....and damage to property".



    Another speaker at the conference was Major-General Roland Reid, responsible for Olympic co-ordination at the Canadian Ministry of Defence.



    SPEECH ON FILM START: "For such large.........



    SPEECH ON FILM ENDS: "......not have the Olympics".




    Initials RH/1952 RH/MF/PNG/2012


    SPORT: OLYMPICS
    This film is also serviced with comments by COJO member donald Cobb. A transcript follows.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Over 16,000 people will be involved in security arrangements for the 1976 Olympic Games, which open in Montreal, Canada in July.

    Despite the size of the operation it will be based on the principle of "efficiency and discretion" said Monsieur Roger Rousseau, President of the Organising Committee of the olympic Games (COJO) during a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday (23 March).

    He added that the Israeli athletes will be housed int eh Olympic village along with the 12,000 other competitors, but precautions have been taken o ensure that they will not be close to delegations from countries with whom friction might arise.

    Major-General Roland Reid, who is responsible for Olympic co-ordination at the Canadian Ministry of Defence, also spoke tat the conference. He predicted that the massive and detailed security play would prevent a repetition of incidents similar to the Palestinian guerrilla attack against the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, West Germany. But he added the warning that the only method of 100 per cent security was not to hold the Olympics and make sure everybody stayed at home.

    A transcript of his comments on film appears below:
    According to General Reid, 5,630 members of the canadian armed forces will help the 10,000 police of Quebec and Ontario provinces and the Canadian Mounted Police to Maintain security. all will be equipped with semi-automatic weapons. However, he emphasised that the civil police will be in charge of security, with the armed forces in a supporting role.

    In conclusion, the organisers said that the security forces will have to be very much on the alert during the opening ceremony on 17 July, when Queen Elizabeth II of Britain will be present. She is not popular with Quebec nationalists.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9DH0MCGV16CA92D9A4ZZHQXNZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9DH0MCGV16CA92D9A4ZZHQXNZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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