• Short Summary

    FIVE HUNDRED LONDON POLICE TODAY (TUESDAY) BATTLED WITH THOUSANDS OF ANGRY DEMONSTRATORS WHO NEARLY INVADED PARLIAMENT IN A MASS PROTEST AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT.

  • Description

    FIVE HUNDRED LONDON POLICE TODAY (TUESDAY) BATTLED WITH THOUSANDS OF ANGRY DEMONSTRATORS WHO NEARLY INVADED PARLIAMENT IN A MASS PROTEST AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT. THE VAST CROWD HAD MARCHED THROUGH LONDON AFTER ARRIVING FROM ALL OVER BRITAIN BY RAIL, BUS AND AIR TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE COUNTRY'S 700,000 JOBLESS.

    THE TROUBLE AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS STARTED AFTER SO MANY MARCHERS HAD GONE INSIDE TO LOBBY THEIR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT THAT POLICE HAD TO STOP OTHERS ENTERING. CEASELESSLY CHANTING "WE WANT TO WORK", THE CROWD SURGED FORWARD AGAINST THE POLICE DESPERATELY GUARDING THE ENTRANCE. THE SOLID OAK DOORS SHOOK AS STRUGGLING POLICE AND DEMONSTRATORS THUDDED INTO THEM. TEMPERS MOUNTED; FIGHTING BROKE OUT; MANY WERE HURT; AND NINE ARRESTS MADE. WHAT HAD BEEN MEANT AS A QUIET DEMONSTRATION TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE UGLIEST INCIDENTS SEEN OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT IN MODERN TIMES.

    OVER AND OVER AGAIN, ATTACKING GROUPS FLUNG THEMSELVES FORWARD TO BREAK THROUGH THE POLICE CORDONS, ONLY TO BE STOPPED IN JOSTLING SCRUMS WITH OTHER POLICE RE-INFORCEMENTS. ONE POLICEMAN WAS CARRIED AWAY UNCONSCIOUS; MANY STAGGERED INSIDE PARLIAMENT TO RECOVER FORM THE STRUGGLE.

    MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ARRIVING IN THEIR CARS WERE SURROUNDED AND HAD TO BE BELIEVED BY POLICE ESCORTS. LATER SOME OF THE MPs APPEALED FOR CALM - ONE FROM AN UPSTAIRS WINDOW - BUT THEIR VOICES WERE DROWNED BY THE CHANTING, BOOING CROWD. FINALLY, WHEN THINGS LOOKED LIKE GETTING TOTALLY OUT OF HAND, MOUNTED POLICE WERE CALLED IN TO DISPERSE THE DEMONSTRATORS.

    LAST MONTH THERE WERE 932,939 UNEMPLOYED IN BRITAIN - INCLUDING NORTHERN IRELAND - THE BIGGEST FIGURE FOR 16 YEARS. BUT A CONSIDERABLE PROPORTION OF IT WAS SEASONAL, CAUSED BY THE SEVERE WINTER, AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURED SHOWED A DROP OF NEARLY 20 PERCENT LAST WEEK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA3FCYRV178HGX9RRGDXE6EU6D
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3FCYRV178HGX9RRGDXE6EU6D
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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