INTRODUCTION: Thousands of peace protestors have passed the half-way point in their march across northern Europe.
GV Marchers arriving at border. (2 SHOTS)
SV Flowers being distributed among marchers.
SV Customs officer stamping passports and marchers proceeding through border. (2 SHOTS)
GV Marchers proceeding along road. (3 SHOTS)
CU Sign GV river PAN TO marchers arriving and GV marchers walking through town. (3 SHOTS)
TV Marchers sitting on grass and CU marcher asleep on grass. (2 SHOTS)
SV Woman sitting on grass being interviewed in English and SVs other marchers. (4 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT):
MARCHER: "We all feel really great now, sitting here in the soft grass and getting warm tea and food, and a very heartening welcome here in Holland."
NEWSMAN: "Aren't you tired?"
MARCHER: "Of course we are tired, but I think it's only in the feet you are tired, and I think it's really worth that, because you really have to give something of ourselves to get rid of nuclear weapons. So we have of course to continue. Such actions after 9th day of August, when we are in Paris."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Thousands of peace protestors have passed the half-way point in their march across northern Europe. They arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday (16 July), just over three weeks after setting out from Copenhagen. The march is part of a campaign for nuclear disarmament in Europe, mounted after plans were announced to install medium-range nuclear weapons on the continent.
SYNOPSIS: Heading the march was a group of Japanese monks, who set off from Japan on August the sixth last year, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
They were with the two and a half thousand marchers who left the Danish capital late last month.
And many more young protesters from Denmark and West Germany had joined in by the time they crossed the Dutch border. The organisers hope the march will draw contingents from all over Europe before it reaches Paris early next month, where it will culminate in a three-day peace festival, itself timed to begin on the Hiroshima anniversary.
The numbers who have joined the march so far show how the anti-nuclear protest movement has grown in recent months.
The quiet Dutch border town of Well on the river Mass saw scenes reminiscent of youth protest of more than a decade ago as the demonstrators arrived. While the weary marchers took a well-earned rest, one of them spoke of how she felt after walking half way from Copenhagen to Paris.