• Short Summary

    NINE THOUSAND NEGROES LED BY TRINIDAD'S BLACK POWER LEADER GEDDES GRANGER MARCHED OUT OF PORT OF SPAIN THURSDAY (MARCH 12) TO A SUGAR CANE PLANTATION WORKED BY EAST INDIANS.

  • Description

    NINE THOUSAND NEGROES LED BY TRINIDAD'S BLACK POWER LEADER GEDDES GRANGER MARCHED OUT OF PORT OF SPAIN THURSDAY (MARCH 12) TO A SUGAR CANE PLANTATION WORKED BY EAST INDIANS. THE PURPOSE OF THE MARCH GRANGER SAID, WAS TO UNITE THE COUNTRY'S NEGROES AND EAST INDIANS AGAINST THE LAND OWNERS WHO ARE MOSTLY WHITE ENGLISHMEN.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS A BOLD ATTEMPT TO GET INDIANS AND NEGROES TO COOPERATE, PARTICULARLY IN VIEW OF THE TRADITIONAL ANIMOSITY BETWEEN THE TWO ETHNIC GROUPS. THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS. IN FACT, BOTH GROUPS REJOICED OVER THE ACQUITTAL OF 10 TRINIDADIANS WHO ON THURSDAY WERE ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO DESTROY COMPUTERS AT SIR GEORGE WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY IN MONTREAL, CANADA. BUT THE 10 STUDENTS IN MONTREAL STILL FACE VERDICTS ON FOUR OTHER CHARGES AND A GUILTY VERDICT COULD SET OFF ANTI WHITE RIOTING IN TRINIDAD. DURING THE PAST WEEK THERE HAVE BEEN SPORADIC ACTS OF VIOLENCE ON THE ISLAND DIRECTED AGAINST WHITE OPERATED INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING CHURCHES.

    SYNOPSIS: THE SCARS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE ARE STILL FRESH IN PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD.

    FOR THE PAST WEEK BLACK POWERISTS HAVE BOMBED WHITE OWNED PROPERTY..
    SPORADIC FORAYS AGAINST BUSINESS PLACES, ALSO A CHURCH. THERE HAVE BEEN NO DEATHS; ONLY A FEW INJURIES.

    POLICE ARE UNEASY AND KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE ON THE DEMONSTRATES
    YESTERDAY, 9,000 NEGROES MARCHED OUT OF PORT OF SPAIN, HEADING FOR A SUGAR CANE PLANTATION......
    WHERE EAST INDIANS WORK THE FIELDS IT WAS A BOLD ATTEMPT, CONSIDERING THE TRADITIONAL ANIMOSITY BETWEEN THE TWO ETHNIC GROUPS. IT WAS A LONG MARCH, 26 MILES. BUT THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS.

    AS THEY MARCHED, WORD WAS RECEIVED THAT 10 FELLOW COUNTRYMEN WERE FOUND NOT GUILTY OF CONSPIRING TO DESTROY THE COMPUTERS IN SIR GEORGE WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY IN MONTREAL.

    BUT THE 10 IN CANADA FACE VERDICTS TO FOUR OTHER CHARGES. A GUILTY VERDICT, TRINIDAD POLICE FEAR, COULD SET OFF MORE VIOLENCE
    ESPECIALLY AGAINST CANADIAN OWNED PROPERTY.

    WHEN THE DEMONSTRATORS REACHED THE PLANTATION BLACK POWER LEADER GEDDES GRANGER URGED ALL OF THE COUNTRY'S BLACKS AND EAST INDIANS TO UNITE AGAINST THE LANDOWNERS, ESPECIALLY THE BIG BRITISH REAL ESTATE HOLDERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4VISE3UXA1B49HOR67OECOAP
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4VISE3UXA1B49HOR67OECOAP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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