• Short Summary

    THE ACTIVITIES OF BRITISH SOLDIERS IN GIBRALTAR SINCE SPAIN CLOSED THE FRONTIER THIS WEEK, HAVE BEEN WATCHES CLOSELY FROM LA LINEA ON THE SPANISH SIDE OF THE BORDER.

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    BRITISH SOLDIERS: BORDER POST: TROLLEY CARRYING BOMBS. SITE OF STADIUM BEING BUILT SPAIN IN NEUTRAL ZONE.




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    Background: THE ACTIVITIES OF BRITISH SOLDIERS IN GIBRALTAR SINCE SPAIN CLOSED THE FRONTIER THIS WEEK, HAVE BEEN WATCHES CLOSELY FROM LA LINEA ON THE SPANISH SIDE OF THE BORDER.

    WITH ONLY A NARROW STRIP OF LAND - THE NEUTRAL ZONE - SEPARATING THE TWO COUNTRIES, SPAIN HAS A CLEAR VIEW OF THE ACTIVITIES ON THE 'ROCK'.

    THE BORDER WAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED BY FRONTIER GUARDS ON SUNDAY WHEN MORE THAN 4,600 SPANIARDS WORKING IN GIBRALTAR CROSSED THE BORDER INTO SPAIN FOR THE LAST TIME. THE CLOSURE IS THE LATEST MOVE BY THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE COLONY'S ECONOMY.

    THE GATES ON THE GIBRALTAR SIDE OF THE FRONTIER STILL REMAIN OPEN ALTHOUGH NO ONE PASSES THROUGH. THE SPANISH GATES ARE FIRMLY CLOSED.

    SPANISH OBSERVERS HAVE SHOWN SOME INTEREST IN THE MOVEMENTS OF BRITISH TROOPS IN GIBRALTAR. EVER SINCE THEY CLAIMED THAT ATOMIC BOMBS WERE BEING STORED THERE, EVERY SITE OF MILITARY WEAPONS IS SCRUTINIZED CLOSELY.

    THE NEUTRAL ZONE SEPARATING THE TWO BORDERS HAS NEVER REALLY BEEN DEVELOPED FOR ANY SPECIAL USE BUT IN THE PAST YEAR, AS RELATIONS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND SPAIN HAVE DETERIORATED, SPAIN HAS MOVED IN AND STARTED BUILDING A SPORTS STADIUM.

    THIS WILL NOT ONLY SUPPLY WORK FOR THE THOUSANDS MADE JOBLESS THROUGH THE CLOSURE OF THE BORDER BUT WILL STAND AS A PERMANENT REMINDER TO BRITAIN THAT SPAIN IS DETERMINED IN HER ACTIONS TO REGAIN POSSESSION OF THE ROCK.

    GIBRALTAR, NOW SEVERELY HIT BY A LABOUR SHORTAGE HAS APPEALED TO GIBRALTARIANS TO UNDERTAKE PART TIME WORK TO HELP THE SITUATION. A FEW HUNDRED MOROCCANS HAVE ARRIVED ON THE ROCK TO FILL VACANT JOBS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4QR5LB8RNDPHFAAZRFIDFLGPI
    Media URN:
    VLVA4QR5LB8RNDPHFAAZRFIDFLGPI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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