• Short Summary

    ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE GREETED FORMER NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NPD) DEPUTY CHAIRMAN VON THADDEN WHEN HE ATTENDED A PARTY RALLY ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER HE HAD WON THE PARTY LEADERSHIP STRUGGLE.

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    ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE GREETED FORMER NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NPD) DEPUTY CHAIRMAN VON THADDEN WHEN HE ATTENDED A PARTY RALLY ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER HE HAD WON THE PARTY LEADERSHIP STRUGGLE.

    PARTY CHAIRMAN HERR FRIEDRICH THIELEN LAST FRIDAY (10 MARCH) EXPELLED HERR VON THADDEN AND SEVEN OF HIS CLOSE SUPPORTERS FOR ACTIONS ALLEGEDLY ENDANGERING PARTY INTERESTS. (VON THADDEN HAS BEEN CONSIDERED LEADER OF THE MORE EXTREMIST WING OF THE NPD, REGARDED BY ITS OPPONENTS AS NEO-NAZI.) HERR THIELEN ACCUSED THE 44-YEAR-OLD PRUSSIAN ARISTOCRAT OF DELIBERATELY RIGGING HIS OWN ELECTION AS PARTY CHIEF OF LOWER SAXONY.

    ON SATURDAY VON THADDEN TURNED THE TABLES ON HERR THIELEN. VON THADDEN ANNOUNCED THAT HE AND HIS SUPPORTERS HAD SUSPENDED HERR THIELEN FROM THE CHAIRMANSHIP. A HURRIEDLY CALLED PARTY PRAESIDIUM MEETING IN FRANKFURT REINSTATED VON THADDEN AND NAMED HERR WILHELM GUTMANN, THE SECOND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, TO TAKE OVER THE LEADERSHIP FOR THE TIME BEING.

    TODAY'S ONE-DAY CONGRESS OPENED THE PARTY'S CAMPAIGN FOR STATE ELECTIONS IN THE RHINE-PALATINE ON APRIL 23. IT HOPES FOR NEW VICTORIES FOLLOWING ITS RECENT SUCCESSES IN HESSE AND BAVARIA.

    MANY CONSIDERED THAT THE PARTY'S CHANCES WILL BE SEVERELY REDUCED BY THE INTERNECINE STRUGGLE. HERR VON THADDEN HIMSELF SAID THAT THE DISTURBANCE WOULD NOT DO THE PARTY ANY GOOD. HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE STILL CONSIDERED HIMSELF CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY, AND WOULD SEEK A COURT RULING ON THE PRAESIDIUM'S POWER TO SUSPEND HIM BY SIMPLE VOTE.

    HERR GUTMANN, ON THE OTHER HAND, TOLD TODAY'S CONGRESS MEETING THAT HE CONSIDERED THE WEEKEND'S EVENTS TO BE THE PARTY'S FIRST REAL TEST. 'IT PASSED WITH FLYING COLOURS,' HE SAID, AND ADDED AMID LOUD APPLAUSE: 'WE'RE MORE UNIFIED THAN EVER BEFORE.' 'THE ERA OF LONE DECISIONS, 'HE SAID, 'IS OVER.'

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZMEYF5QP6MUBG3QAZDC2ZX0T
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZMEYF5QP6MUBG3QAZDC2ZX0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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