• Short Summary

    The Ceylon Government called in troops on Tuesday (October 27th) to reinforce police and guards at banks in Colombo as thousands of people rushed to cash high value banknotes "demonetised" in Ceylon's budget two days before.

  • Description


    WS Bank of Ceylon
    2 1/2 ft


    CU Sign: Ditto
    4 ft


    MS People queue
    9 ft


    WS Tilt Bank to Queue
    16 ft


    MS Bank and signs
    22 ft


    MS Guards outside bank
    26 ft


    MS Queue
    28 ft


    CU Bank signs
    31 ft


    CU Locked doors tilt to people
    37 ft


    MS Guards and people queue
    42 ft


    CA Police vehicle
    44 ft


    WS Street and bank
    50 ft



    Initials rgh/vs/ac



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Ceylon Government called in troops on Tuesday (October 27th) to reinforce police and guards at banks in Colombo as thousands of people rushed to cash high value banknotes "demonetised" in Ceylon's budget two days before.

    Well before the bank doors opened there were long queues outside the locked doors. This was the first day for banks to open following the budget announcement that 50 rupee (GBP 3.6.0. Sterling) and 100 rupee notes would remain legal tenders until November 3rd.

    In his budget, the Ceylonese finance minister, Dr Perara, said he hoped to collect one hundred million rupees (about seven million pounds sterling) from hoarders by withdrawing the large notes from circulation. When their doors opened, the banks were besieged with people converting to smaller denominations.

    The Government invoked the Public Security Act to enable troops to help police give maximum security and banks extended their business hours to cope with the rush.

    Just before the budget announcement, about 80 million rupees worth of new notes - printed in Britain and bearing a portrait of Ceylon's late premier Mr S. Bandaranaike - were flown into Ceylon in great secrecy.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6TFSXUMBTE0J24BRUML9NJV9E
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TFSXUMBTE0J24BRUML9NJV9E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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