• Short Summary

    PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    A group of Czechoslovaks held prisoner by anti-government rebels in southern Angola for more than a year arrived at Prague airport following their release and were reunited with their friends and relatives on June 23.

  • Description

    1. LV Officials walk across tarmac to airport 0.04
    2. LV INTERIOR Released hostages seated in aircraft clapping 0.06
    3. SV & CU Officials walk forward and greet hostages as they disembark from aircraft (5 shots) 1.03
    4. SV PAN & CU Hostages board bus and drive away (3 shots) 1.31
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    Background: PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    A group of Czechoslovaks held prisoner by anti-government rebels in southern Angola for more than a year arrived at Prague airport following their release and were reunited with their friends and relatives on June 23. The men, 20 of the original 66 seized by the rebels, clapped as their aircraft taxied to a standstill after the long flight home. Waiting to greet them were government officials who spent months negotiating the release of the men. They were kidnapped by members of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebel group in March, 1983, in a raid on an industrial complex in Angola where they were working. The hostages were then forced to march hundreds of miles (kilometres) to the rebel base at Jamba in southern Angola. One hostage died during the march. Forty-five of the captives were released in July, 1983, but the remaining 20 had to wait until June 22 this year for their freedom. The hostages flew first to Johannesburg in South Africa, where arrangements for their repatriation to Czechoslovakia were completed.

    Source: CST

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA46H25MXB0G9CLW2ZQW2IH8D6X
    Media URN:
    VLVA46H25MXB0G9CLW2ZQW2IH8D6X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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