• Short Summary

    GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE OF ALABAMA CALLED ON PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO PROTECT THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE PLANNED CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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    GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE OF ALABAMA CALLED ON PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO PROTECT THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE PLANNED CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA TOMORROW (SUNDAY). THE GOVERNOR MADE THE DEMAND IN AN ADDRESS ON THURSDAY NIGHT TO THE ALABAMA LEGISLATURE.

    THE GOVERNOR DECLARED THAT THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN THE STATE AVAILABLE TO PROTECT THE MARCHERS, WHO WILL TRAVEL A FIFTY-MILE ROUTE. HE CHARGED THAT THE COURT ORDER ALLOWING THE MARCH WAS ENCOURAGING MOB RULE, AND THEN SAID:
    TODAY (SATURDAY) IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT PRESIDENT JOHNSON HAD ORDERED THAT THE ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD BE PUT UNDER FEDERAL CONTROL TO PROTECT THE DEMONSTRATORS. THE PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION ISSUED TO SECRETARY OF DEFENCE ROBERT MCNAMARA ALSO GAVE HIM POWER TO CALL OUT THE REGULAR ARMY IF NECESSARY TO AUGMENT THE GUARDSMEN, WHO ARE TERRITORIALS.

    THE PRESIDENT CITED THE "INABILITY AND REFUSAL OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA" TO PROTECT CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS IN SELMA AND MONTGOMERY. HE SAID THAT "THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL LIKELIHOOD THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MAY OCCUR" DURING THE MARCH.

    THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION IN EFFECT LIFTS THE BURDEN FROM THE SOUTHERN GOVERNOR AND TRANSFERS TO WASHINGTON THE COST AND RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING THE RIGHT-TO-VOTE DEMONSTRATORS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACM5WNGV3MSK9L5EYVOWDSS820
    Media URN:
    VLVACM5WNGV3MSK9L5EYVOWDSS820
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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