• Short Summary

    IN THE CENTRE OF BRUSSELS, THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS OF THE BELGIAN CAPITAL HAVE BEEN PARADING PAST THE EMPTY PEDASTAL OF THE "MANNEKEN PIS" - STOLEN FOR THE THIRD TIME IN ITS 500-YEAR HISTORY.

  • Description

    IN THE CENTRE OF BRUSSELS, THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS OF THE BELGIAN CAPITAL HAVE BEEN PARADING PAST THE EMPTY PEDASTAL OF THE "MANNEKEN PIS" - STOLEN FOR THE THIRD TIME IN ITS 500-YEAR HISTORY. THE FAMOUS STATUE - OFTEN CALLED "THE OLDEST CITIZEN OF BRUSSELS" - IS OF A SMALL BOY URINATING AND MILLIONS OF REPLICAS HAVE BEEN SOLD TO TOURISTS OVER PAST YEARS.

    POLICE SAY THAT VANDALS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT BROKE THE STATUE OFF AT THE ANKLES, LEAVING ONLY THE TWO SMALL FEET STANDING ON THE PEDASTAL. BELGIAN CITIZENS, WHO HAVE JOINED IN THE CONDEMNATION OF THE THEFT, HAVE BEN PARADING PAST THE PEDASTAL AND TOSSING NOTES AND FLOWERS INTO THE SHELL-SHAPED BASIN BENEATH.

    (FRENCH TROOPS WHO OCCUPIED BRUSSELS IN THE 17TH CENTURY CARRIED AWAY "MANNEKEN" (LITTLE MAN, IN FLEMISH), BUT IT WAS LATER FOUND IN THE VICINITY. THE STATUE WAS ALSO "KIDNAPPED" BY STUDENTS AS A HOAX THREE YEARS AGO, BUT THE LOSS ON THAT OCCASION WAS ONLY TEMPORARY.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ETC95TEBR7L75O7QAQRC8VMJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ETC95TEBR7L75O7QAQRC8VMJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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