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    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

    Six South African political fugitives spent the night of September 13-14 in the British Consulate in Durban.

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    SEPTEMBER 13 (SABC)
    1. SV EXTERIOR British Consulate. 0.05
    SEPTEMBER 14 (BBC)
    2. SV People inside British Consulate through window. 0.16
    3. SV Relatives and supporters of asylum seekers sit in corridor outside British Consulate. 0.20
    SEPTEMBER 13 (SABC)
    4. SV Dr. Farookmeer, spokesman for the National Indian Congress, speaking. (SOT) 0.40
    SEPTEMBER 14 (BBC)
    5. GV Press inside British Consulate. 0.43
    6. CU Asylum-seeker Billy Nir speaking. (SOT) 1.40
    7. GVs Demonstration in support of asylum-seekers, outside consulate. (2 SHOTS) 1.48
    TRANSCRIPT: FAROOKMEER: (SEQ 4) "We have been in communication with Mr. Todd (phonetic) who is the Deputy Head of the Africa Desk in London. In discussions with him he has assured us that there will be no question of the leaders being forced to leave these premises, that's the British Consulate in Durban, against their will."
    REPORTER: (SEQ 6) "Why did you choose the British Consulate for this?"
    BILLY NIR: "Well, recent announcements made by the British Government, with regard to detention without trial, gave us the impression that the British Consulate would be the ideal to seek sanctuary. Initially we were terribly disappointed, initially we were given friendly treatment but subsequently there was some hostility on their part, obviously from advice from the British Government and probably from the South African Consul General."
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    Background: DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

    Six South African political fugitives spent the night of September 13-14 in the British Consulate in Durban. The six men entered the Consular offices on the morning of September 13, seeking temporary refuge but not asking for political asylum. They are all leaders of anti-apartheid movements and include the veteran former African National Congress (ANC) leader, Archie Gumede, now one of the three presidents of the United Democratic Front (UDF). Five of them had been released from detention six days previously when a judge declared their detention orders unlawful. New orders have now been issued. The sixth man is the President of the Release Mandela Campaign, Paul David. All are opposed to South Africa's new constitution which gives the Indian and Coloured (mixed race) communities each a chamber in Parliament, but continues to exclude the country's black majority. On their first day in the consulate, a spokesman for the National Indian Congress, Dr. Farookmeer, addressed the news media on behalf of the fugitives, saying a British spokesman had promised the men would not be asked to leave against their will. The following day, one of the fugitives, Billy Nir, explained why the British consulate had been chosen as a place of sanctuary. He said the decision had been made in the light of British pronouncements against detention without trial. He also alleged a deterioration in the welcome given to them by consular officials and attributed this to advice from British and the South African Consul General. The protest coincided on September 14 with the inauguration of former Prime Minister P.W. Botha as Executive State President.

    Source: SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (SABC)/BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2Y2AV0TXXUA8WZ2JVHH5YDJE8
    Media URN:
    VLVA2Y2AV0TXXUA8WZ2JVHH5YDJE8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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