• Short Summary

    SINGAPORE POLICE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ARRESTED THREE MEMBERS OF THE LEFTIST GOLDSMITH AND SILVERSMITH WORKERS UNION FOR HANGING A HUGE PORTRAIT OF CHAIRMAN MAO TSE-TUNG AND COMMUNIST SLOGANS FROM THE TOP OF A CITY BUILDING.

  • Description

    SINGAPORE POLICE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ARRESTED THREE MEMBERS OF THE LEFTIST GOLDSMITH AND SILVERSMITH WORKERS UNION FOR HANGING A HUGE PORTRAIT OF CHAIRMAN MAO TSE-TUNG AND COMMUNIST SLOGANS FROM THE TOP OF A CITY BUILDING. THE POLICE, WHO WHERE PELTED WITH BOTTLES BY THE THREE MEN ALSO TOPPLED THE PORTRAIT OF MAO BEFORE A LARGE CROWD THAT HAD GATHERED IN THE STREET BELOW.

    THE THOUGHTS OF CHAIRMAN MAO ARE BANNED IN SINGAPORE, WHERE 80 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IS CHINESE, AND POLICE WERE IMMEDIATELY CALLED OUT TO PREVENT A DEMONSTRATION ARISING OUT OF THE THREE MEN'S ACT OF DEFIANCE AGAINST THE ANTI-MAOIST RULINGS.

    THE POLICE WERE PELTED WITH BOTTLES BY THE THREE MEN AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY INTO THE BUILDING, BUT WERE EVENTUALLY ABLE TO AXE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE DOOR AND GAIN ACCESS TO THE TOP FLOOR ON WHICH AN ELDERLY MAN AND TWO YOUTHS HAD SET UP THE MAOIST PROPAGANDA. THERE, THEIR FIRST MOVE WAS TO TAKE DOWN THE HUGE PORTRAIT OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY CHAIRMAN, WHILE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MILLED ABOUT BELOW.

    WHEN THE PROPAGANDA MATERIAL AND THE THREE MEN WERE BROUGHT DOWN, SOME SHOUTS OF "LONG LIVE CHAIRMAN MAO" WERE HEARD FROM THE SURROUNDING CROWD. BUT NO DEMONSTRATIONS ENSUED AND THE MEN WERE DRIVEN OFF. ALTHOUGH IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE PORTRAIT AND SLOGANS HAD BEEN PUT UP BY MEMBERS OF THE BARISAN SOCIALS, AN EXTREME LEFT-WING POLITICAL PARTY - THE PARTY'S CHAIRMAN DR. LEE SIEW CHOH DENIED ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE MATERIAL OR THE EVENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA6BIPY42WXYXPC0PCKT0RL89R
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6BIPY42WXYXPC0PCKT0RL89R
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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