• Short Summary

    DEPOSED PRESIDENT NKRUMAH HAS DECLARED - AS HE LEFT PEKING - THAT HE IS DETERMINED "TO STAMP OUT THE REBELLION" THAT HAS INSTALLED A NEW REGIME IN HIS COUNTRY.

  • Description

    DEPOSED PRESIDENT NKRUMAH HAS DECLARED - AS HE LEFT PEKING - THAT HE IS DETERMINED "TO STAMP OUT THE REBELLION" THAT HAS INSTALLED A NEW REGIME IN HIS COUNTRY. MEANWHILE, IN THE GHANA CAPITAL OF ACCRA, PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED THE CHANGE WITH JUBILATION. NKRUMAH SUPPORTERS ARE BEING IMPRISONED AND POLITICAL PRISONERS, GAOLED BY THE OLD ONE-PARTY GOVERNMENT, ARE BEING RELEASED.

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WAS DEPOSED IN A MILITARY-LED COUP LAST THURSDAY (24 FEB) AS HE ARRIVED IN PEKING FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINESE LEADERS BEFORE GOING ON TO NORTH VIETNAM. EVEN AS HE LEFT PEKING TODAY (MONDAY), THERE WAS NO INDICATION AS TO WHAT HIS DESTINATION WOULD BE. HE LEFT IN AN AIRCRAFT OF RUSSIA'S AEROFLOT AIRLINE.

    IN ACCRA, A NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL HAS BEEN SET UP TO TAKE OVER FROM THE MILITARY COUP LEADERS. ONE OF THE NEW COUNCIL'S FIRST TASK HAS BEEN TO RELEASE HUNDREDS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS GAOLED DURING THE RULE OF NKRUMAH'S ONE-PARTY GOVERNMENT. AND, AS THE RELEASED PRISONERS WERE RECEIVED JOYFULLY IN THE CAPITAL, OTHERS, WHO CONTINUED TO GIVE ALL - OUT SUPPORT FOR THE DEPOSED LEADER, WERE BEING WHISKED INTO THE GAOLS TO REPLACE THEM.

    ONE DEMONSTRATION OF THE PUBLIC'S SUPPORT FOR THE TAKE-OVER WAS THE DEMOLITION OF THE HUGE STATUE OF NKRUMAH OUTSIDE THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING. IN BRONZE, THE STATUE SHOWED THE OUSTED PRESIDENT WITH ARM UPRAISED, GAZING OUT OVER THE GULF OF GUINEA. A CONSTRUCTION GANG MOVED IN WITH A CRANE TO SMASH THE OVER LIFESIZE STATUE AND PIECES WERE GIVEN AWAY TO THE CROWD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEFJMYQHGQDZHS9UIG3QYGIGVJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEFJMYQHGQDZHS9UIG3QYGIGVJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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