• Short Summary

    A SMALL FORCE OF 150 BRITISH SOLDIERS IS KEEPING THE PEACE IN MAURITIUS, THE TROUBLED INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND WHERE A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED LAST FRIDAY.

  • Description

    A SMALL FORCE OF 150 BRITISH SOLDIERS IS KEEPING THE PEACE IN MAURITIUS, THE TROUBLED INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND WHERE A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED LAST FRIDAY. THE TROOPS WERE FLOWN IN FROM ADEN ON THURSDAY AFTER RIOTS BETWEEN THE INDIAN AND CREOLE COMMUNITIES HAD RESULTED IN THREE DEATHS. THEY SOON JOINED STEEL-HELMETED POLICE IN PATROLLING AREAS WHERE THE WORST OUTBREAKS OF VIOLENCE OCCURRED.

    SINCE THE TROOPS ARRIVED THERE HAVE BEEN NO FURTHER INCIDENTS IN THE BRITISH COLONY - A 720-SQUARE MILE ISLAND INHABITED BY ABOUT 730,000 INDIANS, CREOLES AND FRENCHMEN.

    THE TROUBLES BEGAN A FORTNIGHT AGO, FOLLOWING LAST MONTH'S VISIT BY MR. ANTHONY GREENWOOD, THE BRITISH COLONIAL SECRETARY. HE DISCUSSED WITH DR. SEEWOOSAGAR RAMGOOLAM, THE ISLAND'S PREMIER, THE PROGRAMMED FOR THE LONDON CONFERENCE NEXT SEPTEMBER ON FUTURE INDEPENDENCE FOR MAURITIUS.

    THE MINORITY CREOLES FEAR THAT WITH INDEPENDENCE THE INDIAN MAJORITY LABOUR PARTY WILL SUBJECT THEM TO SECOND-CLASS CITIZENSHIP, WITH LITTLE OR NO SAY IN THE GOVERNMENT.

    BY CALLING IN BRITISH TROOPS AND DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR JOHN RENNIE, HAS RESTORED AN UNEASY CALM. BUT INTENSE RACIAL ANIMOSITY PERSISTS AMONG THE ISLANDERS.

    FRENCH SETTLERS, WHO OWN THE BULK OF THE ISLAND'S SUGAR STATES - ON WHICH THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY DEPENDS - FEAR THERE WILL BE MORE TROUBLE IF THE TROOPS DO NOT STAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC8JBUEJ2GVQ6WYAUYLNYDNDSY
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8JBUEJ2GVQ6WYAUYLNYDNDSY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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