• Short Summary

    BRITISH TROOPS WERE FLOWN OUT OF SINGAPORE FOR RIOT-TORN MAURITIUS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) FOLLOWING A REQUEST FOR HELP BY ITS GOVERNOR.

  • Description

    BRITISH TROOPS WERE FLOWN OUT OF SINGAPORE FOR RIOT-TORN MAURITIUS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) FOLLOWING A REQUEST FOR HELP BY ITS GOVERNOR.

    IN MAURITIUS THE DISTURBANCES STARTED WHEN RIVAL GANGS STAGED STREET BATTLES FOLLOWED BY RACIAL INCIDENTS WHICH HAVE RESULTED IN SEVERAL DEATHS.

    THE COMBAT TROOPS, 150-MEN OF THE KING'S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY, WERE AIRLIFTED BY THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, BASED IN SINGAPORE, THE TROOPS WERE RUSHED BY BUS FROM TERENDAK GARRISON. IN WESTERN MALAYA, A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 160 MILES.

    THE MOVEMENT FROM SINGAPORE WAS BRITAIN'S FIRST "FIRE BRIGADE" OPERATION SINCE LAST WEEK'S BRITISH GOVERNMENT DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM EAST OF SUEZ BY 1971.

    TWO SIOUX HELICOPTERS WERE DISMANTLED WITHIN SIX HOURS AND AIRLIFTED IN SEPARATE PLANES. THEY WILL BE USED FOR RECONNAISSANCE PURPOSE.

    MAURITIUS, A SELF-GOVERNING COLONY, IS DUE TO BECOME INDEPENDENT IN MARCH. THE HIGH DENSITY 800,000 POPULATION IS MADE UP OF HINDUS, MOSLEMS, CHINESE, AFRICANS, EUROPEANS - MAINLY OF FRENCH DESCENT - CREOLES.

    A POPULATION INCREASE IN THE CROWDED ISLAND HAS BEEN RAISING LAUNCHED A FAMILY PLANNING CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO LOWER THE BIRTH RATE.

    MEANWHILE, A DUSK-TO-DAWN CURFEW HAS BEEN IMPOSED AND POLICE ARE ARMED AND ORDERED TO SHOOT IF NECESSARY TO DISPERSE GANGS OF HOOLIGANS ROAMING THE STREETS ARMED WITH SABRES, IRON BARS AND OTHER MAKESHIFT WEAPONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAWSLEAXZPWCYGGALRAZDFRY7A
    Media URN:
    VLVAWSLEAXZPWCYGGALRAZDFRY7A
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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