Surging crowds slowed Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's car to a crawl in Freetown's city streets on Sunday (16 January) at the start of his four-day visit to Sierra Leone.
GV PAN Stevans and Selassie in open car arriving in stadium
MV Selassie inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
SV Crowd with welcome banner
SV Selassie makes speech
SV Officials listening
MV Official translates speech
GV Crowd and Stevens and Selassie leaving (2 shots)
SV Crowd at Mayor's civic reception
SV Mayer greets Selassie and Stevens
SV Selassie and Mayor past camera with official party
MV & LV Mayor introducing officials to Selassie on dais
GV Crowd applaud
SV Mayor and Selassie exchange gifts.
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Background: Surging crowds slowed Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's car to a crawl in Freetown's city streets on Sunday (16 January) at the start of his four-day visit to Sierra Leone.
A 21-gun salute and tribal drummers greeted the 79-year-old Emperor as his special jet landed at Freetown International airport. Sierra Leone's President Dr. Siaka Stevens, then accompanied the Emperor to the city centre for an official welcome and later to a civic welcome by Freetown's Mayor, Mr, Akibo-Betts.
The Emperor, who told the crowds he hoped his visit would strengthen relations between his country and Sierra Leone, was later to address a special session of Parliament and to tour the Eastern province before leaving for Nigeria.