• Short Summary

    MEMBERS OF THE EXTREME RIGHTWING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAD TO RUN THE GAUNTLET OF A MOB OF JEEPING AND EGG-THROWING DEMONSTRATORS IN DUESSELDORF YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) WHERE THEY HELD A MEETING.

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    MEETING HALL; DEMONSTRATORS; SCUFFLES; "COFFIN" PROCESSION.




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    Background: MEMBERS OF THE EXTREME RIGHTWING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAD TO RUN THE GAUNTLET OF A MOB OF JEEPING AND EGG-THROWING DEMONSTRATORS IN DUESSELDORF YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) WHERE THEY HELD A MEETING. A FORCE OF 800 POLICE SEPARATED THE HOSTILE GROUPS.

    PARTY LEADER ADOLF THADDEN ENTERED THE HALL UNMOLESTED THROUGH A SIDE ENTRANCE. HOWEVER, ABOUT 4,000 DEMONSTRATORS, MOSTLY TEENAGERS, BLOCKED THE ATTENDANCE OF HUNDREDS OF PARTY FOLLOWERS.

    THE 3,000-CAPACITY HALL WAS BARELY A THIRD OCCUPIED WHEN THE RALLY STARTED AN HOUR BEHIND SCHEDULE. SIXTEEN PROTESTORS WERE ARRESTED BUT WERE LATER RELEASED.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS THREW EGGS AND FIRECRACKERS AT VON THADDEN'S SUPPORTERS INTERSPERSED WITH SHOUTS OF "SIEG HEIL", "WE WANT OUR FUEHRER BACK", AND "NAZIS OUT OF DUESSELDORF". LATER THEY CARRIED A COFFIN WHICH SIGNIFIED THE BURIAL OF THE NDP.

    PARTY MEMBERS AT THE RALLY CRITICISED THE POLICE FOR NOT BEING FIRMER WITH DEMONSTRATORS, AND THREATENED TO SUE NORTH RHINE WESTPHALIAN INTERIOR MINISTER WILLY MEYER FOR NOT GIVING NDP MEMBERS UNHINDERED ACCESS TO THE HALL.

    STRONGARM PARTY MEMBERS, SOME OF WHOM BEAT UP DEMONSTRATORS AT A RECENT NDP RALLY IN FRANKFURT, WERE ALLOWED TO GUARD THE MEETING ONLY WITHIN THE HALL. THEY ALSO HAD TO TURN IN THEIR RIOT HELMETS BEFORE THE MEETING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3PPQE77O2TJ62JKCBB9OJC9T0
    Media URN:
    VLVA3PPQE77O2TJ62JKCBB9OJC9T0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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