• Short Summary

    POLICE IN THE TOWN OF STEKENE IN EASTERN FLANDERS, BELGIUM, INTERVENED YESTERDAY TO BREAK UP SCUFFLES BETWEEN DEMONSTRATORS WHO HOLD DEEPLY CONFLICTING VIEWS OVER HOW THE DEAD OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR SHOULD BE REMEMBERED.

  • Description

    POLICE IN THE TOWN OF STEKENE IN EASTERN FLANDERS, BELGIUM, INTERVENED YESTERDAY TO BREAK UP SCUFFLES BETWEEN DEMONSTRATORS WHO HOLD DEEPLY CONFLICTING VIEWS OVER HOW THE DEAD OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR SHOULD BE REMEMBERED.

    THE CONFLICT GOES BACK TO THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE WAR, JUST AFTER HITLER'S INVASION OF BELGIUM IN 1940. MANY BELGIANS JOINED IN UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE AGAINST THE NAZI POWER; OTHERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE FLEMISH-SPEAKING AREAS WHICH HAVE LINGUISTIC AFFINITIES WITH GERMANY, JOINED FORCES WITH THE NAZIS, SERVING WITH THE GERMAN ARMY ON THE EASTERN FRONT AND IN THE S.S.

    A CONTROVERSIAL PLAN WAS PUT FORWARD TO COMMEMORATE THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HITLER WITH A MEMORIAL GARDEN AT STEKENE. WIDESPREAD OPPOSITION WAS EXPRESSED AND IN DECEMBER 1968 STEKENE'S TOWN COUNCIL REJECTED THE SCHEME. BUT GROUPS IN FAVOUR OF THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE INDICATED THAT THEY REGARDED THIS A SETBACK, NOT THE FINAL WORD.

    IN JANUARY, A RESISTANCE ORGANISATION ASKED PERMISSION TO HOLD A DEMONSTRATION AT STEKENE, BUT AFTER A FLEMISH MILITANT GROUP ANNOUNCED A COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION, THE MAYOR OF STEKENE REFUSED PERMISSION.

    BUT SYMPATHISERS WITH BOTH GROUPS DISREGARDED HIS EDICT. THE RESISTANCE GROUP MET YESTERDAY (MARCH 30) TO PLACE FLOWERS ON STEKENE'S MEMORIAL TO LOCAL BELGIANS WHO FELL IN THE 1914-18 WAR. TROUBLE BEGAN WHEN MEMBERS OF THE MILITANT GROUP TRIED TO PREVENT TEM PUTTING FLOWERS ON THE MEMORIAL.

    FIGHTS BROKE OUT BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE RIVAL GROUPS, BUT POLICE WHO HAD EXPECTED TROUBLE WERE ON HAND AND INTERVENED TO BREAK UP THE FIGHTING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF5LBH7KTXP891HT4AY8T5NB2L
    Media URN:
    VLVAF5LBH7KTXP891HT4AY8T5NB2L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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