The arguments of the people of Malta have degenerated into mob violence. In and around?
LV. Crowd in street pan to bus passing.
LV. Bus passing crowd.
LV. Police patrol pan to crowd.
SV. Men side of bus as it moves off.
LV. Ditto and men shouting.
GV. Crowd on quayside.
SV. Burnt out Land Rover.
CU. Pan up Ditto.
SV. Youngsters around wreckage.
GV. Crowds in street.
SV. Police fighting fire in Police Station.
LV. Police fighting fire.
SV. Ditto moving cupboard.
LV. Policemen and litter outside station.
SV. Broken windows.
GV. Litter etc., in street.
LV. Police outside station.
CU. Sign "TARXIEN POLICE STATION."
GV. Police moving down street.
Initials DGI AS/VCW
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The arguments of the people of Malta have degenerated into mob violence. In and around Valletta, today, (April 28) a 24 hour strike, called by the General Workers Union, was the vehicle for a number of ugly incidents. Police and soldiers were stoned, an army jeep and a naval tug set on fire, and the cables of the British radio rediffusion service out. Union cars marked 'Strike Control' sped from point to point during the day, encouraging the 'activist' elements and scattering leaflets. These bore the words, in Maltese - 'The people of Malta obey the General Workers Union, and not the Governor.' Early this morning a Land Rover of the Royal Malta Artillery was stopped by a mob on the waterfront and the captain and driver aboard dragged from the vehicle. Petrol was thrown over the car which was then set on fire and thrown into the harbour. About noon a crowd or nearly 300 rioters invaded the waterfront and boarded a small Royal Navy tug and set it on fire. Police who arrived were received with a bail of stones but eventually succeeded in driving the rioters from the quayside. After this day of violence, the Governor, Sir Robert Laycock, tonight banned all demonstrations and meetings on the island for three months.