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    MORE THAN 35,000 ANTI-GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATORS CONVERGED ON BONN IN THREE COLUMNS TODAY. THEIR DEMONSTRATION WAS?

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    MORE THAN 35,000 ANTI-GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATORS CONVERGED ON BONN IN THREE COLUMNS TODAY. THEIR DEMONSTRATION WAS AGAINST A PLANNED LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT IN TIME OF EMERGENCY.

    THE LEGISLATION IS TO HAVE ITS SECOND READING IN THE BONN BUNDESTAG ON WEDNESDAY, AND ITS CRITICS CONSIDER IT OPENS THE WAY FOR DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT POWERS. THE HUGE PROCESSIONS OF DEMONSTRATORS, WITH ARMS LINKED AND 15 ABREAST, JOGGED THEIR WAY TO A RALLYING POINT IN THE CITY CENTRE.

    VIET CONG FLAGS AND WEST GERMANY'S RED, BLACK AND GOLD BANNER DRAPED WITH BLACK RIBBONS WAVED AMONG THE MARCHERS, SOME OF WHOM WERE READY FOR BATTLE WITH MOTORCYCLE CRASH HELMETS AND RUSTY WORLD WAR TWO ARMY HELMETS. THOUSANDS OF POLICE TURNED THE GOVERNMENT QUARTER INTO A FORTIFIED CAMP AND SEALED OFF THE RAILWAY WITH BARBED WIRE AND STEEL BARRIERS.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS CAME FROM MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. ABOUT 7,000 CAME FROM A TRADE UNION RALLY IN DORTMUND. THE EMERGENCY LAW PACKAGE IS EXPECTED TO BE PASSED INTO THE LAWS IN JUNE, AFTER 10 YEARS OF EFFORTS BY SUCCESSIVE INTERIOR MINISTERS TO GET AN ACCEPTABLE DRAFT THROUGH PARLIAMENT.

    THE PLANNED LEGISLATION IS A SENSITIVE ISSUE. GERMANS RECALL THAT, ADOLF HITLER USED EMERGENCY POWERS TO TAKE OVER ABSOLUTE POWER AFTER THE REICHSTAG FIRE IN BERLIN IN 1933. THE OPPONENTS OF LAW CLAIM IT WILL RESTRICT THE WORKING MAN'S RIGHT TO STRIKE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADKUA931ZHIK018LGKBAXCIHKS
    Media URN:
    VLVADKUA931ZHIK018LGKBAXCIHKS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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