• Short Summary

    A revealing account of Communist activities in the Middle East during the past quarter of a century was given to foreign and local journalists by Rafeeq Rida, former member of the Central Committee of the now banned Communist Party of the United Arab Republic's Syrian region, at a press conference in Damascus recently.

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    A revealing account of Communist activities in the Middle East during the past quarter of a century was given to foreign and local journalists by Rafeeq Rida, former member of the Central Committee of the now banned Communist Party of the United Arab Republic's Syrian region, at a press conference in Damascus recently. With Rafeeq Rida at the meeting were eleven other party members.

    He described how the Syrian Party had collaborated with French, Jewish and Lebanese Communists in a campaign to frustrate Arab aspirations in the area which has now become Israel, and elsewhere. He also spoke of an international intrigue, in which Communists from several countries were involved, and which resulted in Alexandretta, Northern Syria, being handed over to Turkey.

    The negative attitude of Syrian Communists towards formation of the U.A.R. - which changed to one of apparent loyalty only when opposition became futile after unity was achieved - was another of the Party's tactics dealt with by Rida.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAU6H720YOKECCI57X2E3AHZ1U
    Media URN:
    VLVAAU6H720YOKECCI57X2E3AHZ1U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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