• Short Summary

    About 15,000 Belgian butchers downed their carving knives today (Monday, March 8) and marched through the streets of Brussels to protest against a Government order that they reduce prices of meat in their shops by 3 per cent.

  • Description

    1.
    GV People queue to buy meat before strike (3 shots)
    0.14

    2.
    MV & CU Meat with price labels (3 shots)
    0.24

    3.
    MV Int. of butchers' shop
    0.27

    4.
    CU Poster on meat prices
    0.29

    5.
    GV Closed butchers' shops (3 shots)
    0.40

    6.
    GTV and MV demonstrators carrying banners march through streets
    0.53

    7.
    MV Demonstrators in butcher's uniform
    0.60

    8.
    GTV & MV demonstrators (3 shots)
    1.14

    9.
    CU Banner TILT UP TO wooden support with meat dangling from it
    1.18


    PEOPLE BUYING MEAT BEFORE SHOPS CLOSE; MEAT WITH PRICE LABELS; CLOSED SHOPS; BUTCHERS DEMONSTRATING.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: About 15,000 Belgian butchers downed their carving knives today (Monday, March 8) and marched through the streets of Brussels to protest against a Government order that they reduce prices of meat in their shops by 3 per cent. While they were holding their protest, ministers of the European Common Market countries were meeting in another part of the city to discuss proposals to raise prices of agricultural produce. Butchers shops throughout the country were closed for the demonstration which was conducted in a cheerful atmosphere with many of the marchers wearing the traditional garb of their trade.

    SYNOPSIS: There was a rush to buy meat in butchers' shops in Brussels early on Monday. The reason for the queues was that a few minutes later the butchers downed their carving knives and went on strike. They are protesting against a Government order to reduce meat prices by 3 per cent. Some Belgians say prices are so high that they only see beef in the meadow and never on the table.

    The butchers claim the prices are fair. To emphasise their point they shut their shops and staged a march through the centre of the capital. Nearly 15,000 butchers from all over Belgium descended on Brussels. They claim they are being made scapegoats for a general rise in the cost of living.

    Many butchers wore the traditional garb of their trade as they marched cheerfully through the streets. While the butchers were letting off steam, Minister of the European Common Market were meeting in another part of the city to discuss price rises for agricultural produce. The coincidence did not help the butchers to accept that their necks be put on the economic chopping block.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1M9QM23UA8TT5F166NEJ6IOYF
    Media URN:
    VLVA1M9QM23UA8TT5F166NEJ6IOYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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