Thousands of Yugoslavs, many weeping openly, turned out to bid their final goodbye to President Tito as his coffin was carried from the northern town of Ljubljana, where he died on Sunday (4 May).
SV PAN & GV Coffin carried from cataphalque out to hearse in Ljubljana (2 shots)
GV Cortege passes through streets with crowds with umbrellas up, lining route
SV & GV Coffin carried into waiting train (2 shots)
CU & GV Crowds line route as funeral cortege passes through streets of Belgrade (4 shots)
SV & TV National flag over coffin as it lies in state
SV Family laying wreath (2 shots)
CU & TV Estranged wife laying wreath (2 shots)
SV & TV State President, Lazar Kolisievski, laying wreath (2 shots)
CU Wreath and medals and decorations on coffin
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Background: Thousands of Yugoslavs, many weeping openly, turned out to bid their final goodbye to President Tito as his coffin was carried from the northern town of Ljubljana, where he died on Sunday (4 May). to Belgrade.
SYNOPSIS: President Tito, who had ruled Yugoslavia for nearly four decades, died at the age of 87 after four months of illness. Crowds 20 deep lined the route to Ljubljana station, and tossed red carnations as a hearse bore the body from the provincial parliament building to the station. The coffin was accompanied by President Tito's two sons, Zarko and Misa, and leading State and Communist party officials. It was carried by six senior army officers in dress uniform. President Tito did not designate a single successor, decreeing instead a collective leadership which will be composed of two committees of politicians, one to run the federal state government, and one to run the Communis party.
Although it had been thought that the President's funeral in Belgrade would not produce an East-West summit meeting, leaders of the world's major powers will be there, including Soviet President and Communist party Chief, Leonid Brezhnev, and Chairman Hua Goleng of China. The United States will be represented by Vice President Walter Mondale.
As the famous "Blue Train" set off on its journey, it became known that others to attend the funeral on Thursday (8 May) will include United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim; West Germany Chancellor ???elmut Schmidt; President Nicolai Ceausescu of Romania; King Baudouin of the Belgians and Prime Minister Raymond Barre, of France. From Britain will be Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Prince Philip.
In Belgrade, the crowds lined t he route to the Federal Parliament Building in the city centre where the tough, war time guerrilla will lie in state. As well as the leaders of the world, it is estimated that most of Belgrade's 1.3 million citizens will pay personal homage to the late President.
He will be buried in the grounds of his Belgrade residence in the suburbs, on a hill overlooking the city. First to lay wreaths were members of President Tito's family. He had been married three times. One surprise was the appearance of the late President's estranged wife, Madame Jovanka Broz.
This was the first time that Madame Broz a former partisan fighter in World War Two, has been seen since she disappeared from public eye in June 1977, without explanation. At that time, there were persistent reports that President Tito was angered at what he regarded as her meddling in politics, but in an interview two years ago he said, "She is my wife, she remains my wife, she is living at my residence in Belgrade."
The man who took over as President, Lazar Kolisievski, laid a wreath. To the majority of Yugoslavs, President Tito's death has come as a profound shock, He is regarded as the founder of modern Yugoslavia, and one of the few European Communist leaders who managed to stand up to Moscow.