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    VISNEWS filmed June 4 Press conference at People's Action Party headquarters given by Singapore detainees after their release from prison.

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    VISNEWS filmed June 4 Press conference at People's Action Party headquarters given by Singapore detainees after their release from prison.

    They were imprisoned in 1956 for their part in political riots, and on release said they had been very well treated in prison. Their release had been demanded by the P.A.P., who won 43 out of 51 seats in Singapore's recent election, as a condition to their consenting to form a Government.

    At the Conference, six of the eight detainees denied rumours that they would form an extremist group opposed to the moderate party leadership, affirming their "unqualified endorsement" of the party's ultimate objective - formation of an independent, democratic, non-Communist Malaya of which Singapore would be part.

    Debarred under the new Constitution from participating in Government for five years, they promised to renounce violence and strive to further the party's aims by constitutional means.

    The former detainees - six of them played a prominent part in trade union activities before their imprisonment - said they would firmly resist any campaigns aimed at harming the Party, whether coming from American Russia or China.

    At the gates of Changi gaol they were enthusiastically greeted by a crowd of some 2000 and were met by representatives of the new Singapore Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4SBMIBXANDFGZYR9UP505G1T
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4SBMIBXANDFGZYR9UP505G1T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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