• Short Summary

    THE BATTALION OF GURKHA TROOPS, MOVED INTO THE HONG KONG BORDER VILLAGE OF SHA TAU KOK AFTER THE RECENT DISTURBANCES IN WHICH FIVE POLICEMEN DIED, HAS BEEN BUSY PREPARING DEFENSIVE POSITIONS.

  • Description

    THE BATTALION OF GURKHA TROOPS, MOVED INTO THE HONG KONG BORDER VILLAGE OF SHA TAU KOK AFTER THE RECENT DISTURBANCES IN WHICH FIVE POLICEMEN DIED, HAS BEEN BUSY PREPARING DEFENSIVE POSITIONS. SINCE THEY MOVED IN AT THE WEEKEND THEY HAVE ERECTED SANDBAGGED GUN EMPLACEMENTS AND PUT UP BARBED WIRE FENCE.

    ONLY ONE-THIRD OF SHA TAU KOK LIES IN HONG KONG, THE REST IS IN THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

    THE GURKHA BATTALION, UNDER THE COMMAND OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL ANTHONY FISHER, WAS DRAFTED IN AT THE WEEKEND. THEY BELONG TO THE 2ND BATTALION OF THE 7TH DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S OWN GURKHA RIFLES WHICH IS BASED IN MALAYSIA. IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW LONG THEY WILL STAY IN HONG KONG.

    THE BATTALION SAW ACTION IN SABAH, SARAWAK AND BRUNEI DURING THE INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION WITH MALAYSIA. THEIR ARRIVAL RAISED THE STRENGTH OF THE HONG KONG GARRISON TO SEVEN BATTALIONS.

    AN ARMY SPOKESMAN SAID THE BATTALION HAD BEEN MOVED FROM MALAYSIA BECAUSE IT WAS THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE OF MORE USE IN HONG KONG.

    FIVE POLICEMEN WERE KILLED WHEN VIOLENCE ERUPTED IN THE VILLAGE ON SATURDAY. LOCAL POLICE CLAIMED THAT THE POLICEMEN DIED WHEN SNIPERS OPENED FIRE ON THEIR OBSERVATION POST.

    SOME 1,000 CIVILIANS FROM THE CHINESE MAINLAND WERE SAID TO HAVE CROSSED INTO HONG KONG TERRITORY WHERE THEY ATTACKED POLICE.

    TROOPS IN THE HONG KONG AREA OF SHA TAU KOK HAVE BEEN PLACED ON PERMANENT ALERT AND ARMOURED CARS PATROL THE AREA. GURKHA TROOPS HAVE BEEN DETAILED TO MAN MACHINE GUN POSTS AND FULL SECURITY MEASURES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO OPERATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD84Y6DNC307HQ8BOWGN244LYZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAD84Y6DNC307HQ8BOWGN244LYZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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