• Short Summary

    Thousands of demonstrators protested in Brussels on Sunday (12 January) against the Belgian Government's multi-billion franc plan to replace the ageing F-104 planes which now dominate its Air Force.

  • Description

    Thousands of demonstrators protested in Brussels on Sunday (12 January) against the Belgian Government's multi-billion franc plan to replace the ageing F-104 planes which now dominate its Air Force.

    Organisers of the demonstration began planning it several weeks ago. And in a number of Belgian cities and towns earlier protests - including rallies and hunger strikes - had already been held.

    The protestors say the 30 billion francs (about 800 million US dollars) which the Government plans to spend on the aircraft could be better used producing useful goods, and improving the lives of Belgians.

    The Government has not yet decided which aircraft to buy, although the front-runners for final selection include two from the United States and one each from France and Sweden.

    Three other NATO countries - the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway - are also considering the purchase of new fighter aircraft. And, with Belgium, the four will eventually need 300 planes to re-equip their air forces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAXOVN1EL4L79HBGISSTHUQHJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXOVN1EL4L79HBGISSTHUQHJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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