• Short Summary

    Johannesburg, Sept 30, was the scene for the second time in three days of open clashes over the issue of the forthcoming Oct 5 republic referendum, when a crowded anti-republican meeting called by Opposition leader Sir De Villiers Graaff ended in a street fight.

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    Johannesburg, Sept 30, was the scene for the second time in three days of open clashes over the issue of the forthcoming Oct 5 republic referendum, when a crowded anti-republican meeting called by Opposition leader Sir De Villiers Graaff ended in a street fight. Disturbances were sparked off in the city, Sept 28, as the Congress of Democrats - a small party formed after the ban on the South African Communists - denounced Prime Minister Verwoerd.

    All traffic in Johannesburg was disrupted in the centre of Johannesburg, Sept 30, while thousands clustered around the City Hall, listening to Sir De Villiers Graaff during its last big meeting in an urban area before the referendum . Crowds were even denser than at his rallies in Cape Town and Durban.

    Speaking against Dr. Verwoerd's plan for a South African republic divorced from the British Crown, in terms well-known by now from former meetings, Sir De Villiers was greeted by repeated shouts of "No" whenever he made a point against the republic. There were a few isolated cries of "Yes", but there was no organised heckling
    As the meeting broke up a scuffle developed at a nearby street corner. Hundreds of people gathered round opposing groups shouting "Yes" and "No" at one another and ugly scenes followed. More than 20 policemen linked arms across the street, trying to keep the two groups apart. Then an ambulance drop up for someone who had been taken ill at the rally, the police saw their chance to regroup and eased the warring factions away from each other.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEEE23CND7TZ5Q86SYZ7EWNI3Q
    Media URN:
    VLVAEEE23CND7TZ5Q86SYZ7EWNI3Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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