• Short Summary

    QUIET HAS RETURNED TO RABAUL, ON THE PACIFIC ISLAND OF NEW BRITAIN, AFTER CLASHES EARLIER IN THE WEEK BETWEEN SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF A NEW MULTI-RACIAL COUNCIL WHICH HAS BEEN FORMED.

  • Description

    QUIET HAS RETURNED TO RABAUL, ON THE PACIFIC ISLAND OF NEW BRITAIN, AFTER CLASHES EARLIER IN THE WEEK BETWEEN SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF A NEW MULTI-RACIAL COUNCIL WHICH HAS BEEN FORMED. POLICE REINFORCEMENTS WERE RUSHED TO THE ISLAND AFTER THE TROUBLE BROKE OUT. DOZENS OF PEOPLE WERE INJURED AND NINE DEMONSTRATORS WERE ARRESTED.

    THE TROUBLE BEVAN WHEN OPPONENTS OF THE NEW COUNCIL SET UP BY THE AUSTRALIAN ADMINISTRATION DEMONSTRATED FOR A RETURN TO ALL-NATIVE CONTROL OF THE 2,500 SQUARE MILE (6,500 SQUARE KMS) GAZELLE PENINSULA.

    THE PROTESTERS WERE MEMBERS OF THE MATAUNGAN ASSOCIATION, LED BY MR. MELCHIOR TOMOTO, WHO WAS LATER ARRESTED.

    MAIN TROUBLE SPOTS WERE RAPINDIK VILLAGE, ABOUT A MILE (KM) FROM RABAUL, AND MATUPIT NEARBY.

    THE CLASHES COINCIDED WITH A VISIT BY THE AUSTRALIAN ADMINISTRATOR OF THE PAPUA-NEW GUINEA GROUP OF ISLANDS, MR. DAVID HAY.

    THE NINE ARRESTED PEOPLE, ALL MEMBERS OF THE MATAUNGAN ASSOCIATION, WERE LATER REMANDED IN CUSTODY CHARGED WITH VARIOUS OFFENCES.

    FURTHER DEMONSTRATIONS BROKE OUT WHEN OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION STAGED A STAY-IN AT A PARK IN THE TOWN CENTRE, DEMANDING THE RELEASE OF THE NINE.

    THE GAZELLE PENINSULA LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL HAS SINCE SOUGHT RESTRICTIONS ON THE ASSOCIATION, CLAIMING IT HAS BROUGHT DISREPUTE ON THE TOLAI PEOPLE, WHO COMPRISE THE LARGE MAJORITY OF THE ISLAND'S POPULATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAETE4667YOL4O3YZ1JNJ6MW93W
    Media URN:
    VLVAETE4667YOL4O3YZ1JNJ6MW93W
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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