Ten thousand Dominicans crowded the square outside the Presidential Palace in Cuidad Trujillo on June 2.
GV Crowds outside palace.
LV Crowds lined up.
SIDE V.. crowds into palace.
CU Floral wreath.
CU Woman hysterical and weeping.
GV Crowds run towards palace.
CU Hysterical woman being carried away.
SV INT.. crowds burst into 'Lying-in-state' room.
TOP V Coffin.
STV Crowds into room, police holding them back.
STV Crowd and police wrestle.
GTV Crowd pushing around coffin.
STV Ditto police push back crowd.
CU Police push crowd.
STV Coffin and crowd.
STV Police push out crowd and close door.
GV Crowds outside San Cristobal Church.
SV Police and crowds lined up.
SV hysterical women being carried away.
LV Women laying wreath outside church.
LV Mourning party leave church.
SV PAN.. people in cars leave church.
GV INT of church, mass of people.
PAN OF mourners leaving church in cars.
LV People clamouring for flowers from coffin.
LV Coffin being carried out of church with crowd milling around.
LV Crowds around site where Trujillo was assassinated.
LV People around spot.
CU Finger points to bullet holes in trees.
CU Hand picks up what is thought to be blood stained flesh.
CU hand showing "flesh".
GV Scene of assassination.
GV Church where Padre Gabriel Madura preached.
Prod 4017/61 TRUJILLO DEATH: FIRST FILM FROM A SHOCKED CAPITAL - ALSO REFERS.
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Background: Ten thousand Dominicans crowded the square outside the Presidential Palace in Cuidad Trujillo on June 2. And it seemed almost as many were trying to enter the marbled vestibule of the building to see the body of the man who had controlled their lives for over 30 years - General Raphael Trujillo. The 69-year-old dictator of the Dominican Republic died, the victim of assassins, May 30.
In death, General Trujillo aroused grief, frenzy, mass hysteria and disorder that had rarely been seen in the country before. This was the day of the General's funeral. For two hours, the population were allowed to file past the bier at the lying-in-state.
The doors leading into the vestibule were burst open, and a crowd of men and women screaming "Papa:" surged around the coffin. Army officers joined police as they tried to pull people to safety.
On the dusty road to the village of San Cristobal, the dictator's birthplace, crowds gathered to watch the funeral procession on its 30-mile journey. The grief-stricken crowds were largest at the church where the service was held. Women laid wreaths and flowers outside it. Later, the crowd tried to snatch flowers as the coffin was being carried towards the grave.
Meanwhile, the spot where General Trujillo had been ambushed and shot as he drove to visit his mother, is attracting sightseers. They point at bullet-scarred trees. One man thought he had found blood-stained flesh. Another spot for sightseers is the church of the Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Gabriel Madura, who (it was alleged) sheltered one of the assassins.