• Short Summary

    TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN RIOTING MINERS ON STRIKE CLASHED WITH POLICE NEAR GENK, A MINING TOWN IN NORTHERN BELGIUM.

  • Description

    TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN RIOTING MINERS ON STRIKE CLASHED WITH POLICE NEAR GENK, A MINING TOWN IN NORTHERN BELGIUM.

    ONE OF THE MEN WAS KILLED WHEN SHOT IN THE STOMACH BY POLICE. THE OTHER DIED WHEN POLICE CHARGED THE RIOTERS IN AN EFFORT TO QUELL THE DISORDER.

    TODAY'S DISTURBANCES WERE AT WINTERSLAG, NEAR GENK. STRIKING MINERS WERE PROTESTING AGAINST THE PROJECTED CLOSURE OF UNECONOMIC MINES IN THE AREA. LANGUAGE ISSUES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED AS SEVERAL HUNDRED FLEMISH-SPEAKING MINERS WILL BE THROWN OUT OF WORK BY THE CLOSURES. HOWEVER, THE RIOT WAS NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH THE LANGUAGE DISPUTE.

    THE MINERS FIRST PENETRATED MINE WORKINGS AT WATERSLAG AND DESTROYED MINE MACHINERY AND DUG UP A SECTION OF RAILWAY LINE. THEY THEN STORMED THE NEARBY TOWNSHIP OF WATERSCHEI, WRECKING ANYTHING WITHIN THEIR PATH. THEY THEN TRIED TO ENTER THE WATERSCHEI COAL MINE, WHERE THEY WERE MET BY POLICE REINFORCEMENTS.

    IT WAS HERE THAT THE POLICE CHARGED THE MINERS, AND LATER FIRED WARNING SHOTS OVER THEIR HEADS AND TOWARDS THEIR FEET.

    IN ADDITION TO THE TWO MEN KILLED, SEVERAL DOZENS OTHERS, INCLUDING NINETEEN POLICEMEN, WERE INJURED.

    IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 700 MINERS TOOK PART IN TODAY'S DEMONSTRATION. IN A SIMILAR DEMONSTRATION IN THE ARE YESTERDAY THREE POLICEMEN AND TWO DEMONSTRATORS WERE INJURED AND TWO POLICE VEHICLES DESTROYED BY FIRE. THE MINERS WERE THEN SUPPORTED BY SEVERAL HUNDRED FLEMISH-NATIONALISTS FROM ANTWERP WHO HAD GONE TO THE ARE TO DEMONSTRATE ON LANGUAGE ISSUES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAVGFNPC63ROODITWF7320YP6D
    Media URN:
    VLVAVGFNPC63ROODITWF7320YP6D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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