• Short Summary

    A WHITE SUPREMACY POLITICAL BOSS IN THE AMERICAN STATE OF LOUISIANA IS CONVERTING AN OLD SPANISH FORT, DEEP IN THE SWAMPLANDS, INTO A PRISON FOR CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATORS.

  • Description

    A WHITE SUPREMACY POLITICAL BOSS IN THE AMERICAN STATE OF LOUISIANA IS CONVERTING AN OLD SPANISH FORT, DEEP IN THE SWAMPLANDS, INTO A PRISON FOR CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATORS.

    MR LEANDER PEREZ IS THE 72-YEAR-OLD POLITICAL BOSS OF PLAQUEMINE PARISH COUNTY, AND AS SUCH IS ABLE TO USE HIS INFLUENCE TO FURTHER THE COMPLETING OF THE PROJECT. HE INTENDS TO CONVERT THE REMOTE 317-YEAR-OLD FORT INTO A STOCKADE TO HOLD ANY CAMPAIGNING DESEGREGATIONIST FROM THIS AREA.

    FORT ST PHILIP WAS BUILT FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, AND CAN ONLY BE REACHED BY BOAT, HELICOPTER OR BY WADING ACROSS MILES OF SALT-MAR H. THE SURROUNDING AREA IS INFESTED WITH RATTLESNAKES AND MOSQUITOES NOTORIOUSLY FIERCE. MR PEREZ IS ENCIRCLING THE FORT WITH A BARBED WIRE FENCE, ITS TOP STRANDS ELECTRIFIED. DEMONSTRATORS WILL BE SHIPPED ACROSS IN CATTLE-BOATS, AND THEN INCARCERATED IN THE OLD POWDER MAGAZINES OF THE FORT.

    THERE HAVE BEEN NO MAJOR DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE PARISH, ALTHOUGH RIGID SEGREGATION IS ENFORCED. LAST YEAR MR PEREZ WAS EXCOMMUNICATED FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BY THE BISHOP OF NEW ORLEANS FOR REFUSING TO CHANGE HIS MIND OVER GRANTING A PERMIT TO ALLOW COLOURED CHILDREN INTO A SCHOOL IN THE AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVARFXQD7YG33WXFVF7K8GVX9KE
    Media URN:
    VLVARFXQD7YG33WXFVF7K8GVX9KE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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