• Short Summary

    PRIME MINISTER HOUARI BOUMEDIENNE OF ALGERIA HAS STARTED A TOUR OF THE INTERIOR FOLLOWING HIS NARROW ESCAPE IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT.

  • Description

    PRIME MINISTER HOUARI BOUMEDIENNE OF ALGERIA HAS STARTED A TOUR OF THE INTERIOR FOLLOWING HIS NARROW ESCAPE IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT.

    THE PRIME MINISTER'S FIRST STOP WAS AT ANNABA IN THE EAST OF THE COUNTRY ON TUESDAY (30 APRIL) WHEN BIG CROWDS TURNED OUT TO WELCOME HIM THEY WERE RECREATING THE SCENES IN THE MAIN STREETS OF THE CAPITAL FOLLOWING THE ATTACK ON COLONEL BOUMEDIENNE LAST FRIDAY (26 APRIL). THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STREAMED INTO THE STREETS OF ALGIERS THEN TO DEMONSTRATE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, WHO NARROWLY ESCAPED DEATH WHEN HIS CAR CAME UNDER SUB-MACHINE GUN FIRE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.

    HIS DRIVE THROUGH ANNABA, STANDING UP IN AN OPEN CAR, WAS HIS FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE THE ATTEMPT ON HIS LIFE. ADHESIVE TAPE COVERED HIS SWOLLEN UPPER LIP, WHICH WAS OUT BY SPLINTERS OF GLASS AS BULLETS HIT HIS CAR.

    THERE WERE STRICT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS. POLICE STOOD AT INTERVALS IN FRONT OF THE CROWDS LINING THE PRIME MINISTER'S ROUTE. TWO BODYGUARDS TRAVELLED WITH HIM IN HIS CAR, AND SECURITY POLICE VEHICLES ESCORTED HIM.

    WITH COL. BOUMEDIENNE ON HIS TOUR IS M.KAID AHMED, PARTY CHIEF OF THE RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT. THEIR NEXT STOP AFTER ANNABA WAS IN OUENZA, A MINING CENTRE ALMOST 500 MILES (750 KILOMETRES) FROM ALGIERS.

    IT WAS A WARM MAY DAY, BUT THE ALGERIAN LEADER WORE A DARK OVERCOAT AS HE WAS AGAIN GIVEN A ROUSING WELCOME, HE LOOKED TIRED AS HE SAT IN THE SHADE BEFORE MAKING A 30-MINUTE SPEECH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9TXWABKM3122X5ZUQVJQRDK64
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TXWABKM3122X5ZUQVJQRDK64
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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