• Short Summary

    ROADS AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS WERE DECKED WITH BUNTING IN NIAMEY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AS NIGER CITIZENS CELEBRATED THE SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF NIGER'S INDEPENDENCE.

  • Description

    ROADS AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS WERE DECKED WITH BUNTING IN NIAMEY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AS NIGER CITIZENS CELEBRATED THE SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF NIGER'S INDEPENDENCE.

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY'S CELEBRATIONS INCLUDED A TWO-HOUR PROCESSION BY THE ARMY, SCHOOLCHILDREN, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF SEVERAL OF THE NATIONAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS. MARCHING WITH THE BOXERS, CYCLISTS, FOOTBALLERS AND OTHER SPORTSMEN WERE MEMBERS OF THE PIONEER YOUTH ARMY -- INSPIRED BY SIMILAR ISRAELI ORGANISATIONS - AND LEADERS OF THE WOMEN OF NIGER.

    PRESIDENT HAMANI DIORI WAS PROMINENT IN THE FESTIVITIES. SPEAKING TO A LARGE AND ENTHUSIASTIC ASSEMBLY GATHERED AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, THE PRESIDENT REMINDED CITIZENS OF THEIR SEVEN YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. CONCLUDING HIS LONG SPEECH, HE TOLD THE CROWD: "MANY HEAVY TASKS STILL AWAIT US, MANY SACRIFICES MUST BE MADE, BUT OUR GOOD WILL, OUR HUMANITY, AND OUR COURAGE GUARANTEE THE ARRIVAL OF MUTUAL AGREEMENT, OF DIGNITY AND OF LIBERTY, THINGS WHICH WE ARDENTLY DESIRE FOR OUR DEAR COUNTRY."
    THE NIGHT BEFORE MANY CITIZENS TOOK PART IN A TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION, BUT THIS WAS NO MORE THAN A WARMING UP FOR YESTERDAY'S PARADE. HOWEVER, NOTABLY ABSENT FROM THE PROCESSION WERE THE TRADITIONAL HORSEMEN AND DESERT CAMEL-DRIVERS.

    LATER IN THE DAY VARIOUS SPORTING EVENTS TOOK PLACE, INCLUDING A HORSE RACE, AND A FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN NIGER'S TEAM AND A TEAM FROM KADUNA IN NEIGHBOURING NORTHERN NIGERIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4AKE7BQS2X91FHAEK19MWG6D
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4AKE7BQS2X91FHAEK19MWG6D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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