Some 10,000 people - mainly from left-wing parties and Palestinian commando organisations - demonstrated in Beirut yesterday (Tuesday) against King Hussein's proposal to establish a United Arab Kingdom incorporating both banks of the River Jordan.
GV Jordanian Embassy, Beirut.
SV Jordanian flag flying from Embassy.
LV AND SV security forces outside Embassy (2 shots)
LV Armoured car PAN ACROSS TO security forces AND UP TO Embassy.
GTV Demonstration along streets.
STV Demonstrators and banners in English, French and Arabic (3 shots)
STV Demonstrators chanting.
SV Demonstrators carrying portrait of Nasser PAN TO other demonstrators following.
SV Other demonstrators with Nasser portraits.
GTV Marchers away down street.
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Background: Some 10,000 people - mainly from left-wing parties and Palestinian commando organisations - demonstrated in Beirut yesterday (Tuesday) against King Hussein's proposal to establish a United Arab Kingdom incorporating both banks of the River Jordan.
The demonstrators carried placards, reading: "The United Arab Kingdom Will Not Pass", "The Plan is a Conspiracy Against the Unity of Arab Struggle", "Yes - to the Resistance, No - to the Conspiratorial Plan" or "The Resistance is the Legitimate Representative of the Palestine People". They also carried palestinian flags and picturers of the late President Nasser of Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: The Jordanian Embassy in Beirut was under strict security guard on Tuesday - as, in another part of the Lebanese capital, a huge demonstration was gathering to protest against King Hussein's proposal of a new United Arab Kingdom.
The demonstrators - ten-thousand strong were mainly members of left-wing parties, but they were also strongly supported by Palestinian commando organisations.
Like many groups throughout the Middle East, the demonstrators were protesting against the fact that they believe the plan would be in direct opposition to Palestinian guerrilla activities.
The marchers also carried portraits of Egypt's late President Nasser, maintaining that he would never have allowed such a plan to go through. The demonstrators attempted to converge on the Jordanian Embassy - but were prevented from doing so by the strict security precautions.