• Short Summary

    THE STATE CAPITAL OF BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, WAS TENSE THIS WEEKEND AS TWO RIVAL RACIALIST RALLIES WERE DUE TO BE HELD -- ONE BY A GROUP OF 150 NEGROES, THE OTHER BY MEMBERS OF THE ANTI-NEGRO KU KLUX KLAN.

  • Description


    NEGRO MARCHERS; POLICE ESCORT; POLICE SEARCH MARCHER.




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    Background: THE STATE CAPITAL OF BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, WAS TENSE THIS WEEKEND AS TWO RIVAL RACIALIST RALLIES WERE DUE TO BE HELD -- ONE BY A GROUP OF 150 NEGROES, THE OTHER BY MEMBERS OF THE ANTI-NEGRO KU KLUX KLAN.

    HOWEVER, HEAVY RAIN HELPED KEEP DOWN THE TENSION, AND A FORCE OF OVER A THOUSAND NATIONAL GUARDS, PLUS POLICE, STOOD BY WITHOUT BEING CALLED INTO ACTION.

    LOUISIANA'S GOVERNOR JOHN J. MCKEITHEN HAD WARNED THAT NATIONAL GUARDSMEN WOULD SHOOT TO KILL IF BATON ROUGE BECAME THE SCENE OF RIOTS SUCH AS THOSE WHICH HAVE RIPPED THROUGH OTHER US CITIES, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF VIOLENCE IN THE CITY.

    THE NEGRO MARCHERS CAME FROM THE LOUISIANA TOWN OF BOGALUSA, AND THEY CARRIED A PETITION DEMANDING BETTER CONDITIONS AND JOBS IN THE SEGREGATIONIST COMMUNITY.

    YESTERDAY, AS THEY NEARED BATON ROUGE, THE MARCHERS WERE ESCORTED BY A SMALL FORCE OF POLICE AND NO VIOLENCE OCCURRED. THE PREVIOUS DAY, THE MARCHERS HAD BEEN PELTED WITH EGGS AND STONES AS THEY WALKED.

    THE ONLY CLASH WITH THE POLICE CAME WHEN ONE OF THE MARCH LEADERS SCUFFLED WITH THE POLICE ESCORT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVASMOYVTQ6JUR3N5WAWA62ZC3K
    Media URN:
    VLVASMOYVTQ6JUR3N5WAWA62ZC3K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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