INTRODUCTION: Anti-nuclear protestors marched through the streets of London, Brussels, Paris, and Rome over the weekend in some of the largest demonstrations ever seen in Western Europe.A smaller crowd also gathered in the East Germany city of Potsdam to demonstrate against NATO's nuclear policy in Europe.These latest protests come just two weeks after the peace movement attracted 250,000 people to the West German capital Bonn in the biggest demonstration in that country since World War Two.
London: GV Police escorting marchers towards Hyde Park. Crowds carrying CND banners. (2 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators entering Hyde Park.
GV Crowd with banners listening to speakers.
CU Leader of Labour Party Michael Foot speaking as crowd listen. (3 SHOTS)
Belgium: TOP VIEW Crowd carrying anti-nuclear banners in Brussels.
TOP VIEW Crowd waling through street carrying placards. (2 SHOTS)
SV Buddah holding demonstration banner.
TOP VIEW Crowds with banners.
France: GV Demonstrators with banners in Paris. (2 SHOTS)
SV Demonstrators with banner.
SVs Crowd marching with banners and chanting. (4 SHOTS)
Italy: GV Demonstrators with anti-nuclear flags.
CU PAN DOWN Mock rockets.
SV Mock skulls above slogans.
GVs Large crowd walking through streets of Rome.
East Germany: CU PAN ALONG Crowd with slogans at rally. (2 SHOTS)
SV Spokesman addressing rally.
SV Crowd applaud.
LV Crowd with anti Reagan banner.
GV PAN OVER Large crowd at rally.
SEQ. 4: FOOT: "Because it is only by disarmament that we can properly defend our people in this nuclear world. But even before then even before than, even before then, for the very reasons I've said before, even before then we've got to use all the power and strength of this movement here in Britain, in Europe, throughout the world. We've got to use it in order to stop the insanity which is taking place all around us."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Anti-nuclear protestors marched through the streets of London, Brussels, Paris, and Rome over the weekend in some of the largest demonstrations ever seen in Western Europe.A smaller crowd also gathered in the East Germany city of Potsdam to demonstrate against NATO's nuclear policy in Europe.These latest protests come just two weeks after the peace movement attracted 250,000 people to the West German capital Bonn in the biggest demonstration in that country since World War Two.
SYNOPSIS: In Britain over 150,000 protestors marched to London's Hyde Park on Saturday (24 October) to demonstrate against the nuclear threat.The good humoured rally was one of the largest ever seen in the capital.One of the speakers was opposition leader Labour Party leader Michael Foot.
In the Belgian capital on Sunday, (25 October), a similar sized demonstration gathered to protest against the stationing of NATO medium-range missiles on European soil.Again the Brussels rally was the largest there since the war.
The two socialist parties in Belgium's coalition government supported the demonstration.The country conditionally accepted the deployment of 48 American cruise missiles which will inevitably be an issue in next month's General Election.
Also on Sunday (25 October) thousands of French anti-nuclear demonstrators marched through central Paris to add their voices to the European protest.
The march was organised by the French Movement for Peace who said that up to 100,000 people took part.The demonstration had the formal backing of over twenty organisations, including the Communist backed union, the Confederation Generale du Travail (CGT), and the French Communist Party.
In Italy tens of thousands of protestors gathered in the capital's Piazza della Republica on Saturday (24 October).
The demonstration took the marchers past the American and Soviet embassies where they delivered letters calling for nuclear disarmament.Other protestors have called for the creation of a European nuclear free zone.The United States plans to base 112 cruise missiles in Sicily in the south of Italy.
The weekend of demonstrations also included a gathering of around 50,000 in East Germany on Sunday (25 October).The rally in Potsdam was supported by the country's ruling Communist Party who have been alarmed by the American decision to produce the Neutron bomb.About half a million people in all took to the streets of Europe over the weekend and many of the protestors clearly blame the United States for the recent build up of arms on the continent.Certainly the Reagan administration is becoming increasingly concerned at what it sees as a wave of neutralism in Western Europe.