• Short Summary

    A girded sabre entitles any man in the Appenzell canton, in north-east Switzerland, to speak or vote at the open air Parliament meeting held each year on the last Sunday in April.

  • Description

    A girded sabre entitles any man in the Appenzell canton, in north-east Switzerland, to speak or vote at the open air Parliament meeting held each year on the last Sunday in April.

    This ancient privilege is exercised by the majority of menfolk in the canton----- the administrative district. The regional council assembles on a balcony overlooking the main square and various motions are put to the vote, and passed by popular acclaimation.

    This ceremony is a remnant of the earliest form of democratic government, that was superseded by representation---- the election of members to represent interests or communities at a regional or national assembly.

    Among the hundreds of sword carrying men there is usually a handful of musicians who fill in the time by playing old folk tunes and the like.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAGW4082PAYHC7K9OQKT6YRR5E
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGW4082PAYHC7K9OQKT6YRR5E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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