• Short Summary

    AN AIRLIFT OF BRITISH PARATROOPERS TO THE CARIBBEAN IS WELL UNDERWAY TODAY (TUESDAY). WELL INFORMED?

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    ALDERSHOT BARRACKS; SOLDIERS; PARATROOPERS; TROOPS LEAVING IN MILITARY VEHICLES.



    TROOPS FLYING FROM LYNEHAM ON PREVIOUS OCCASION.




    Initials NAC/B AND LIBRARY FILM/BOB/GJB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AN AIRLIFT OF BRITISH PARATROOPERS TO THE CARIBBEAN IS WELL UNDERWAY TODAY (TUESDAY). WELL INFORMED SPECULATION POINTS TO BRITISH ACTION TO QUASH THE REBELLION ON THE DEFIANT ISLAND OF ANGUILLA.

    AN ADVANCE PARTY LEFT BY AIR FROM LYNEHAM ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE LAST NIGHT AND A FURTHER 100 MEN OF THE CRACK "RED DEVIL" 16TH PARACHUTE BRIGADE AND 40 MEN OF A POLICE COMMANDO SQUAD, ARE STANDING BY FOR TAKE-OFF. THE FORCES WILL PROBABLY BE FIRST SENT TO THE NEARBY ISLAND OF ANTIGUA. BRITAIN HAS THREE WARSHIPS, THE FRIGATES RHYL, MINERVA AND ROTHESAY, WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF THE TINY, 35 SQUARE MILE, ISLAND OF ANGUILLA.

    THE ANGUILLA AFFAIR BEGAN IN MAY 1967 WHEN THE 6,000 ANGUILLANS BROKE AWAY FROM THE BRITISH CREATED THREE ISLAND FEDERATION OF ST. KITTS-NAVIS-ANGUILLA, AND DECLARED ITS OWN RHODESIA-STYLE U.D.I.

    LAST WEEK, BRITAIN'S PEACE-MAKER, JUNIOR MINISTER WILLIAM WHITLOOK OF THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, WAS FORCED OFF THE ISLAND AT GUNPOINT. ON HIS RETURN TO LONDON MR. WHITLOOK REPORTED THAT ANGUILLA HAD BEEN TAKEN OVER BY ARMED MAFIA-STYLE THUGS. BRITAIN HAS SINCE HAD CLOSE CONSULTATIONS WITH OTHER CARIBBEAN GOVERNMENTS, WHO ARE REPORTED TO FEAR THAT THE ISLAND MIGHT BE USED BY UNDESIRABLE AMERICAN ELEMENTS TO EXTEND THEIR ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION.

    STRICT SECURITY IS BEING OBSERVED BY MILITARY FORCES. GOVERNMENT SPOKESMEN, INCLUDING FOREIGN SECRETARY MICHAEL STEWART HAVE REFUSED TO COMMENT ON ANY PROPOSED ACTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA43KI72OGN5QLO44DCL74OY2O3
    Media URN:
    VLVA43KI72OGN5QLO44DCL74OY2O3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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