• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS STOPPED THE MAIN GATE OF THE UNIVERSITY AT LOUVAIN, BELGIUM, TODAY (FRIDAY) AS LANGUAGE RIOTS ERUPTED FOR THE FOURTH SUCCESSIVE DAY.

  • Description


    STUDENTS MARCH DOWN STREET: POLICE AND STUDENTS: STUDENTS LINED UP ON SIDE OF ROAD: LINE OF POLICE: STUDENTS LINED UP: POLICE USE HOSES ON STUDENTS: MAN SPEAKS INTO LOUD HAILER: STUDENTS SOAKED BY HOSES.




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    EDITORS NOTE: OUR PROD NO. 573/68 SERVICED YESTERDAY (JANUARY 18) ON THE SAME SUBJECT REFERS.

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    Background: MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS STOPPED THE MAIN GATE OF THE UNIVERSITY AT LOUVAIN, BELGIUM, TODAY (FRIDAY) AS LANGUAGE RIOTS ERUPTED FOR THE FOURTH SUCCESSIVE DAY.

    THE MAIN SQUARE OF THE MEDIEVAL TOWN TODAY RESEMBLED A BATTLEFIELD AS POLICE TURNED WATER HOSES ONTO A CROWD OF DEMONSTRATORS AND MADE OVER 200 ARRESTS.

    THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLE WAS THE LONG-STANDING FEUD BETWEEN THE FRENCH AND FLEMISH SPEAKING STUDENTS AT THE 500-YEAR-OLD CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED RECENTLY THAT THE UNIVERSITY PLANNED TO RETAIN A FRENCH-SPEAKING SECTION, AND FLEMISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS STAGED THE MASS PROTEST AN ACADEMIC COUNCIL WAS DISCUSSING THE LANGUAGE ISSUE.

    IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM'S SECOND LARGEST CITY, FLEMISH STUDENTS WENT ON STRIKE TODAY IN SYMPATHY WITH THEIR LOUVAIN COLLEAGUES.

    IN BRUSSELS, PRIME MINISTER PAUL VANDEN BOEYNANTS TOLD NEWSMEN THE GOVERNMENT'S FIRST DUTY WAS TO RE-ESTABLISH LAW AND ORDER IN THE UNIVERSITY TOWN. IN LOUVAIN ITSELF, THE FLEMISH NATIONAL STUDENTS' UNION PASSED A RESOLUTION WHICH DESCRIBED THE ARREST OF THE FLEMISH STUDENTS IN LOUVAIN AS AN ACT WORTHY OF A POLICE STATE AND CALLED ON THE RECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY TO RESIGN AT ONCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEPTQTW0DILBBMZBF4SO5HY77V
    Media URN:
    VLVAEPTQTW0DILBBMZBF4SO5HY77V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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