• Short Summary

    Demonstrators have marched through the streets of Dahomey's capital, Cotonou, to demand the execution of former Minister Captain Janvier Assogba, accused of being behind an abortive military coup on 21 January.

  • Description

    Demonstrators have marched through the streets of Dahomey's capital, Cotonou, to demand the execution of former Minister Captain Janvier Assogba, accused of being behind an abortive military coup on 21 January.
    The march -- organised in support of Dahomey's President Mathieu Kerekou -- included several prominent Ministers and was led for a while by the President's wife.
    The demonstrators shouted "Assogba to the stake" as they marched to the Presidential Palace to hear a speech by Lieutenant-Colonel Kerekou.
    Captain Assogba -- formerly Minister for Labour and Civil Service -- was placed under arrest following the revolt and relieved of his post.
    The Information Ministry has described Captain Assogba as "deranged" and accused him of having moved troops under his command against Cotonou.
    President Kerekou told that demonstrators to be on their guard against those who wished to paralyse the Dahomeyan Revolution, which he described as pure, authentic and social.
    The day before the march the Government ordered a general mobilisation to defend it against what it called "armed aggression by international imperialism".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE191VTWIGDZY8ZUGDVGTTIA3C
    Media URN:
    VLVAE191VTWIGDZY8ZUGDVGTTIA3C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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