• Short Summary

    DJIBOUTI, THE CAPITAL OF FRENCH SOMALILAND, LIVED UP TO ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE HOTTEST PLACES IN THE WORLD YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WHEN RIOTING DEMONSTRATORS CLASHED WITH LEGIONNAIRES AND TROOPS DURING THE 36-HOUR VISIT OF FRENCH PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE.

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    DE GAULLE LEAVES SQUARE; DJIBOUTI ASSEMBLY WHERE HE SPOKE INSTEAD; POLICE, TROOPS AND BARRICADES; WOUNDED IN THE SQUARE AFTER RIOTS; WOUNDED TREATED; POLICE AND TROOPS CLEAR UP DEBRIS.




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    Background: DJIBOUTI, THE CAPITAL OF FRENCH SOMALILAND, LIVED UP TO ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE HOTTEST PLACES IN THE WORLD YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WHEN RIOTING DEMONSTRATORS CLASHED WITH LEGIONNAIRES AND TROOPS DURING THE 36-HOUR VISIT OF FRENCH PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE. THE DEMONSTRATIONS, IN FAVOUR OF INDEPENDENCE FROM FRANCE, LEFT THE MAIN SQUARE BLOODSTAINED AND LITTERED WITH STONES, BROKEN BOTTLES AND CLUBS. A GENDARME WAS KILLED AND SCORES OF PEOPLE INJURED IN THE CLASHES WHICH STARTED SOON AFTER DE GAULLE'S ARRIVAL ON THURSDAY.

    THE VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT WAS EXPECTED TO BE A RESTFUL STOPOVER ON THE FIRST LEG OF HIS THREE-WEEK WORLD TOUR. BUT NO ACCOUNT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN OF THE STRENGTH OF THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT IN THE COLONY, WHICH VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO REMAIN FRENCH IN A 1958 REFERENDUM.

    GENERAL DE GAULLE ARRIVED ON THURSDAY TO AN AIRPORT WELCOME WHICH GAVE NO INDICATION OF THE TROUBLE TO COME. THE BANNERS WERE PREDOMINANTLY WELCOMING, ALTHOUGH A FEW DEMANDED "FULL INDEPENDENCE". BY YESTERDAY THE INDEPENDENCE BANNERS DOMINATED, AND DEMONSTRATIONS, WHICH STARTED IN A MINOR WAY GREW FIERCER. SOON THE MAIN SQUARE, IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT WAS SCHEDULED TO MAKE A PUBLIC ADDRESS, WAS THRONGED WITH DEMONSTRATORS-AND THERE WERE CLASHES WITH POLICE AND TROOPS. BARRICADES OF BARBED WIRE AND ROAD BLOCKS WERE QUICKLY SET UP, AND THE AFRICAN QUARTERS OF THE CAPITAL WERE SEALED BY TROOPS WITH SUB-MACHINE GUNS. THE PRESIDENT CANCELLED HIS PUBLIC ADDRESS AND INSTEAD SPOKE TO THE DJIBOUTI ASSEMBLY. HE TOLD THEM THE BANNERS AND AGITATION WERE NOT SUFFICIENT TO EXPRESS THE DEMOCRATIC WILL OF THE NATION.

    AFTER THE DEMONSTRATIONS THE WOUNDED WERE LEFT IN THE SQUARE AS SQUADS OF TROOPS AND POLICE MOVED IN TO CLEAR THE DEBRIS OF CLUBS, BOTTLES, CLOTHING AND STONES.

    STRICT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WERE ENFORCED AS GENERAL DE GAULLE FLEW OFF TO ETHIOPIA TODAY. ALL AFRICANS WERE BARRED FROM THE AIRPORT. BUT DJIBOUTI HAD RETURNED TO A NEAR-NORMAL STATE OVERNIGHT. IT WAS REPORTED TODAY THAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY, MOHAMMED AHMED ISSA HAD BEEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING THE RIOTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADESRMUTRKNOL3V20MBWKHPX8I
    Media URN:
    VLVADESRMUTRKNOL3V20MBWKHPX8I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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