Large crowds of noisy demonstrators interrupted a trade union rally in Khartoum on Saturday (10 March) and marched on the Republican Palace.
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SV Crowd with banners
SV Gen Baghir speaks to crowd
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SV Baghir speaking
SV Crowd applaud
SV Baghir waves to crowd & leaves dais
SV Baghir shakes hands with Army Commander on leaving
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Background: Large crowds of noisy demonstrators interrupted a trade union rally in Khartoum on Saturday (10 March) and marched on the Republican Palace. They were demonstrating in support of President Jaafar el Nimeiry's pledge that Black September guerrillas who killed three foreign diplomats last week will stand trial for murder. The demonstrators demanded the death penalty for those responsible.
About 20,000 trade unionist attended the rally, at which the Sudanese Vice President, Maj-Gen. Mohammed el Baghir Ahmed, called on the Fatah Palestinian guerrilla organisation to declare if it was responsible for the Black September raid on the Saudi Arabian embassy and the killings.
Gen. Baghir said evidence found in the now-closed al Fatah office in Khartoum indicated that the organisation had helped to plan and carry out the raid. He called on the Fatah organisation to leave aside empty words and to declare its responsibility in the operation.
The Vice-President said, that otherwise, Fatah should declare that its Khartoum office had been penetrated by Black September members -- in which case it should condemn the incident, instead of defending the guerrillas.
During the seizure of the embassy last week, U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, his deputy, Mr. George Curtis Moore, and Belgian Charges d'Affaires Guy Eid, were killed.