• Short Summary

    SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE BRANDISHING INDIAN, FRENCH AND PAKISTANI - BUT NOT BRITISH - FLAGS ATTENDED A PROTEST MEETING IN PORT LOUIS, CAPITAL OF MAURITIUS ON SUNDAY, AGAINST PLANS TO MAKE THE ISLAND OF DIEGO GARCIA AN ANGLO-AMERICAN DEFENCE BASE.

  • Description

    SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE BRANDISHING INDIAN, FRENCH AND PAKISTANI - BUT NOT BRITISH - FLAGS ATTENDED A PROTEST MEETING IN PORT LOUIS, CAPITAL OF MAURITIUS ON SUNDAY, AGAINST PLANS TO MAKE THE ISLAND OF DIEGO GARCIA AN ANGLO-AMERICAN DEFENCE BASE.

    THE MEETING WAS ORGANISED BY MR GAETAN DUVAL, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE PARTI MAURICIEN SOCIAL DEMOCRATE, WHO DECLARED: "BRITAIN MUST GIVE US BACK OUR LANDS IN DIEGO GARCIA. BRITONS ARE THIEVES AND EXPLOITERS".

    (MR. DUVAL RESIGNED AS A MINISTER IN THE MAURITIAN GOVERNMENT ON NOVEMBER 13TH, WHEN BRITAIN'S COLONIAL SECRETARY ANNOUNCED IN LONDON THAT THE MAURITIAN GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED TO MAKE DIEGO GARCIA AVAILABLE TO BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES FOR USE AS A DEFENCE BASE.)
    THERE'S A STRONG FEELING IN MAURITIUS THAT THE PRICE WHICH BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE AGREED TO PAY FOR DIEGO GARCIA - 40-MILLION RUPEES (GBP3-MILLION STERLING) - IS MUCH TOO SMALL. MOREOVER THEY FEEL THE PRESENCE OF A BASE ON THE ISLAND, MIGHT ENDANGER MAURITIUS - EVEN THOUGH IT IS 1,200 MILES (1932-KMS) AWAY. ITS 200 INHABITANTS ARE MAURITIANS.

    (THE PARTI MAURICIEN IS THE MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY, WITH NINE MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TO THE RULING LABOUR PARTY'S 19.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD44XFDOHP0KHCW0KUFYMFGPN1
    Media URN:
    VLVAD44XFDOHP0KHCW0KUFYMFGPN1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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