• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT A MASS POLITICAL MEETING IN PROT LOUIS ON SUNDAY CALLED FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF MAURITIUS, AND A GENERAL ELECTION.

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    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT A MASS POLITICAL MEETING IN PROT LOUIS ON SUNDAY CALLED FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF MAURITIUS, AND A GENERAL ELECTION. THE MEETING WAS ORGANISED BY THE OPPOSITION SOCIAL DEMOCRAT PARTY (P.M.S.D.) WHICH URGES THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE BANWELL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS ON A NEW ELECTORAL SYSTEM. A VAST CROWD GAVE A TREMENDOUS RECEPTION TO THE TWO P.M.S.D. LEADERS, M. JULES KOENIG AND M. GAETAN DUVAL.

    EARLIER THIS MONTH THE MAURITIUS NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ASKED BRITISH COLONIAL SECRETARY FREDERICK LEE TO RECONSIDER THIS DECISION ON THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM FOR THE ISLAND, BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BANWELL COMMISSION. THE ASSEMBLY APPROVED A MOTION BY THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR SEEWOOSAGAR RAMGOOLAM, PROTESTING AGAINST THE REPORT, WHICH RECOMMENDS THAT 20 CONSTITUENCIES WITH THREE MEMBERS EACH BE FORMED, WITH A FURTHER FIVE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR ANY UNDER-REPRESENTED PARTY OR COMMUNITY. THESE WOULD REPLACE THE PRESENT 40 SINGLE-MEMBER CONSTITUENCIES. SIR SEEWOOSAGAR SAID THE PROPOSALS OF THE COMMISSION DID NOT MEET THE LEGITIMATE POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS OF THE POPULATION, AND HAD LED TO "BITTER FRUSTRATION". THE PRIME MINISTER SAID THE REPORT DID NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS FOR THE MOSLEM AND CHINESE MINORITIES ON THE ISLAND.

    THE ORGANISERS OF SUNDAY'S RALLY, HOWEVER, CLAIMED THAT THE P.M.S.D. WAS SUPPORTED BY ALL NATIONALITIES IN THE ISLAND'S MULTI-RACIAL POPULATION. THE PARTY IS AGAINST INDEPENDENCE FOR MAURITIUS, AND FAVOURS THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION. SPEAKERS REPRESENTING THE MOSLEM. TAMIL AND CHINESE ELEMENTS OF THE POPULACE SUPPORTED THE CLAIM OF THE P.M.S.D. THAT IT IS NOW A "NATIONAL" PARTY.

    THE MEETING, WHICH INCLUDED SUPPORT FROM NUMEROUS SMALL CRAFT IN THE HARBOUR, FINALLY PASSED TWO RESOLUTIONS WHICH WERE TO BE HANDED TO MR. JOHN STONEHOUSE, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY FOR THE COLONIES, WHO WAS DUE TO ARRIVE THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0NFSX150F5T2BTCVRCGN45KA
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0NFSX150F5T2BTCVRCGN45KA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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