Anti-American demonstrators gave forces at the United States base at Woodbourne, New Zealand, a sleepless night this week -- chanting protest songs in an all-night vigil.
Chanting anti-war slogans.
Americans and crowd.
Cameraman - Americans.
General Bain speaks.
Demonstrators addressed by leaders.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Anti-American demonstrators gave forces at the United States base at Woodbourne, New Zealand, a sleepless night this week -- chanting protest songs in an all-night vigil.
The demonstrators were protesting the American presence and activity at the base. They marched on Woodbourne just as a group of journalists were making their first tour.
The marchers demanded to see the base commander, Colonel Bain. When he refused to meet them they marched another five miles into Blenheim to enlist support from local residents against the presence of American forces at Woodbourne.
Earlier, outside the gates, the demonstrators heard speeches from their leaders and sung protest songs throughout the night.
The visit to the Woodbourne base by journalists came at the invitation of Colonel Bain. He explained functions of the base -- research on aero space disturbances and their effect on communications. But while the reporters were given a conducted tour of the installation protestors outside the gates were giving their own version of what they felt was going on at Woodbourne's Project Longbank. One speaker said the claimed research on sunspots and atmospheric storms was a "blind" and New Zealanders should be told the real purpose behind the project.