• Short Summary

    THE FIRST MAJOR REPERCUSSION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X - THE FIRE WHICH GUTTED THE NEW YORK BLACK MUSLIM MOSQUE-HEADQUARTERS EARLY TODAY (TUESDAY) IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN STARTED BY A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL THROWN THROUGH A THIRD STOREY WINDOW OF THE BUILDING.

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    THE FIRST MAJOR REPERCUSSION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X - THE FIRE WHICH GUTTED THE NEW YORK BLACK MUSLIM MOSQUE-HEADQUARTERS EARLY TODAY (TUESDAY) IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN STARTED BY A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL THROWN THROUGH A THIRD STOREY WINDOW OF THE BUILDING. EVERYONE IN HARLEM, THE NEGRO QUARTER OF NEW YORK ASSUMES THE FIRE WAS AN ACT OF REVENGE FOR THE BLACK NATIONALIST LEADER'S DEATH, BUT SO FAR THE POLICE HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY SAID SO.

    A POLICEMAN WHO WAS NOT ON DUTY OUTSIDE THE MOSQUE SAID: "THERE WAS A MUFFLED EXPLOSION FROM THE THIRD FLOOR AND EVERY WINDOW SEEMED TO COME HURTLING DOWN INTO THE STREET. ABOUT 10-MINUTES LATER THE WHOLE FLOOR WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES. THE FIRE WAS OUT OF CONTROL WHEN THE FIRST FIREMEN ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. THEIR TASK WAS MADE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT BY THE VERY LOW TEMPERATURES (MINUS 10 CENTIGRADE) WHICH CAUSED THE WATER TO FREEZE AS IT FELL FROM THE HOSES.

    THE ENTIRE BUILDING IS OWNED BY THE BLACK MUSLIMS. THE THIRD FLOOR CONTAINS THE MOSQUE - TEMPLE OF ISLAM NUMBER SEVEN - AND THE FORMER HEADQUARTERS OF THE LATE MALCOLM X UNTIL HE BROKE WITH THE MOVEMENT LAST YEAR. OTHER FLOORS CONTAIN OFFICES, A BALLROOM AND ROOMS USED FOR MEETINGS. ON THE GROUND FLOOR IS THE MUSLIM OWNED SHABBAZZ RESTAURANT.

    TENSION HAS BEEN RUNNING AT THE HIGH TIDE MARK IN HARLEM EVER SINCE MALCOLM X WAS CUT DOWN BY A HAIL OF BULLETS AT A MEETING ON SUNDAY. SO FAR ONLY ONE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHANGED WITH MURDER, AND HE HAS NOT ADMITTED AFFILIATION WITH THE BLACK MUSLIMS. THE SECT'S LEADER, ELIJAH MUHAMMAD DENIES ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE KILLING, BUT POLICE ARE ACTING ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT BLACK MUSLIMS ARE RESPONSIBLE AS THEY REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS TO FIND AT LEAST FOUR MORE SUSPECTS. MEANWHILE THERE ARE STILL FIVE TENSE DAYS LEFT UNTIL MALCOLM X IS BURIED...

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAND209WZUHT7ORV61AJLIB6FM
    Media URN:
    VLVAAND209WZUHT7ORV61AJLIB6FM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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