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    CHANTING DEMONSTRATORS BURNED THE SWEDISH FLAG OUTSIDE THE SWEDISH EMBASSY IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (3 JUNE) IN PROTEST AGAINST BIAFRAN BOMBING RAIDS LED BY SWEDISH COUNT GUSTAV VON ROSEN.

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    CHANTING DEMONSTRATORS BURNED THE SWEDISH FLAG OUTSIDE THE SWEDISH EMBASSY IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (3 JUNE) IN PROTEST AGAINST BIAFRAN BOMBING RAIDS LED BY SWEDISH COUNT GUSTAV VON ROSEN.

    ABOUT 100 STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE NIGERIAN TRADES UNION CONGRESS CARRYING PLACARDS AND BANNERS CONDEMNING SWEDEN AND THE COUNT MARCHED TWO MILES (THREE KILOMETRES) TO PRESENT TWO PETITIONS AT THE SWEDISH EMBASSY. A WARNING WAS ISSUED THAT THE PROPERTIES AND BUSINESSES OF SWEDISH NATIONALS IN FEDERAL NIGERIA MIGHT BE CONFISCATED IF SIMILAR ACTS OF HOSTILITY OR BOMBINGS OCCURRED.

    ON THE PREVIOUS DAY, SWEDEN'S AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, CARL SWARTZ, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT COUNT VAN ROSEN COULD NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR FLYING FOR BIAFRA. BUT HE EMPHASISED THAT THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT CONDEMNED THE ACTION OF THE COUNT, WHO IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN FLYING WITH THE BIAFRAN AIR FORCE. THE AMBASSADOR SAID THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT WAS INVESTIGATING THE EXPORT OF FIVE LIGHT SWEDISH AIRCRAFT WHICH BIAFRA HAD USED IN RECENT ROCKET ATTACKS ON ENUGU, BENIN AND PORT HARCOURT AIRPORTS. THERE COULD ONLY BE PROSECUTIONS, HOWEVER, IF IT COULD BE PROVED THAT THERE WAS PRIOR KNOWLEDGE AS TO THE INTENDED USE OF THE AIRCRAFT FOR WAR OPERATIONS.

    THE BIAFRAN LEADER, GENERAL OBUMEGWU OJUKWU, TOLD TROOPS AND POLICE AT OWERRI ON MAY 30 DURING A SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF SECESSION PARADE THAT IF FEDERAL NIGERIAN AIRCRAFT BONDED ANY MORE CIVILIAN TARGETS IN BIAFRA, THE BIAFRAN AIR FORCE WOULD CONSIDER THE WHOLE OF FEDERAL NIGERIA AS A MILITARY TARGET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADYV4QUREGOMPI5U92PF2UMYRQ
    Media URN:
    VLVADYV4QUREGOMPI5U92PF2UMYRQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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