Demonstrators who burst into a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (30 April) threw red paint over the representatives of the United States and the Soviet Union.
CU PAN: U.S. Deputy Permanent UN representative William Vanden Heuvel walking across Security Council hall, covered in red paint.
TV: Mr Vanden Heuvel leaving and meeting Soviet representative also paint splattered PULL BACK TO show red paint on carpet
CU: Paint container
TV AND SV: paint on floor and seats with members grouped, talking (2 shots)
SV: Security officers leading away two people alleged to have thrown paint
CU: Mr Vanden Heuvel walking along corridor
CU: Mr Vanden Heuvel talking with Newsmen
VANDEN HEUVEL: "I don't know what he shouted."
VANDEN HEUVEL"They got Troyanovsky as well."
REPORTER:"Did they suggest who they were?"
VANDEN HEUVEL:"No, I can't figure out whether they're for or against detente."
REPORTER:"Mr Ambassador, were you surprised about this action. How do you react to what's happened with all this paint on you -- I hope it's paint..."
VANDEN HEUVEL:"I hope it's paint too, if it's blood it's trouble here. There's no reaction here, it's just one of those things one encounters in life in diplomacy these days."
REPORTER:"Were they on the floor of the council?"
VANDEN HEUVEL:"On the floor of the council yeah. we were just coming to our seats, the meeting was just about to convene. There was only two that I saw. One got me and one got Ambassador Troyanovsky."
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Background: Demonstrators who burst into a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (30 April) threw red paint over the representatives of the United States and the Soviet Union. The attackers, who were not identified, burst into the chamber as delegates were about to start a debate on the Palestinian question.
SYNOPSIS: One of those drenched with paint was America's deputy Ambassador to the UN, William Vanden Heuvel. One side of his face was covered with the red paint, which dropped on to his suit. Mr Vanden Heuvel offered his sympathies to the Soviet Ambassador, Mr Oleg Troyanovsky, the other target of the attack.
The attackers shouted "Down with American Soviet war moves" and "Down with American Imperialism" when they burst into the chamber.
Some of the paint landed on the caret and seats in the Security Council. One of the intruders carries a camera, and was believed to be press photographer allowed n to the floor. Guards led away two men alleged to have been responsible for throwing the paint. Afterwards the American representative, mr Vanden heuvel, described the incident to reporters as he left the chamber to change his clothes.