• Short Summary

    Hundreds of Syrian and Arab students from the University of Damascus, demonstrated outside the Tunisian Embassy in Damascus on Wednesday (1 February), in protest against, what they described as, the maltreatment of workers in Tunisia.

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    Hundreds of Syrian and Arab students from the University of Damascus, demonstrated outside the Tunisian Embassy in Damascus on Wednesday (1 February), in protest against, what they described as, the maltreatment of workers in Tunisia. In a note to the Embassy, Tunisian students demanded the immediate release of more than 1000 people arrested, following riots on the 26th of January, in which more than 40 are said to have died.

    SYNOPSIS: The demonstration came as Reuters News Agency was reporting informed sources as saying that 970 people had been arrested in Tunis, and a further 195 in other parts of the country. Among those arrested was the leader of the General Union of Tunisian Workers Habib Achour, and the students demanded his release.

    Mr Achour was taken into custody last Saturday, during a round-up of union militants....The violence had erupted in Tunisia during a 24-hour strike called in protest against the policies of Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba's Government. The students backed the protest.

    They called for the removal of the Bourguiba government, and expressed full support for Habib Achour, and the General Union of Tunisian Workers.

    The arrests in Tunisia have also brought protests from other union leaders and organisations, particularly from the United States.

    George Meany, president of the American Federation of Labour-Council of Industrial Organisations is reported to have asked President Carter to inform Tunisia of his "abhorrence of the action taken so far".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAMRIIOLB0JCYAXMC9IQRO90EM
    Media URN:
    VLVAMRIIOLB0JCYAXMC9IQRO90EM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
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    N/A

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