• Short Summary

    More than 3-million Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday (1 December) to elect a new president despite threats from pro-Castro terrorists who had threatened to shoot anybody who dared leave his home to vote.

  • Description

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    MS People lined up to vote
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    MS Soldiers with weapon carrier
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    MS Soldiers talking to people - sign "no Votes FLN"
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    MS People in line
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    CU Faces
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    MS Political posters
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    MS People going in to vote
    0.38

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    MS Soldiers searching man
    0.48

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    MLS People lining up
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    MCU Dr. Leoni
    0.56

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    CU Man being fingerprinted
    0.57

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    MS Leoni voting
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    13.
    LS President Betancourt shaking hands
    1.15

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    Betancourt shaking hands
    1.21

    15.
    MS Man counting votes
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    MS Betancourt votes
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    MS Soldiers
    1.39

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    LS Man counting votes
    1.47

    19.
    LS Ballot board - people watching
    1.53

    20.
    LS People counting ballots
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: More than 3-million Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday (1 December) to elect a new president despite threats from pro-Castro terrorists who had threatened to shoot anybody who dared leave his home to vote.

    Almost complete but still unofficial returns indicate a victory for Dr. Raul Leoni, the candidate of President Romulo Betancourt's ruling Democratic Action Party. In a field of seven candidates Leoni won almost one-third of the total vote.

    More than 90 percent of the eligible voters turned up at the polls. Some voters had lined up as early as 4 A.M. Some of them had to wait three hours or more. Many made paper hats to fend off a burning sun as they stood in line.

    Troops patrolled the streets of Caracas on the lookout for terrorists, and each male voter was searched as he entered the polling place. Women were required to open their handbags.

    Despite the security precautions there was sporadic sniper fire throughout the day. According to some unofficial reports about 20 people were killed.

    President Betancourt has fought left-wing terrorism throughout her term in office. His ambition is to turn over his office to a freely elected successor next March it would be the first time in Venezuela's history that one freely elected President had succeeded another.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3NXXLOE2WIXHZRHZS8O3CZ95T
    Media URN:
    VLVA3NXXLOE2WIXHZRHZS8O3CZ95T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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    N/A

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