Stringent security precautions were in force on Tuesday (20 March) when Prime Minister Dzemal Bijedic of Yugoslavia arrived on an official visit to Australia.
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SV Prime Minister Whitlam and wife cross tarmac
SV Prime Minister Bijedic and wife leave aircraft, are greeted by Whitlams
GV Police helicopter overhead
SV Bijedic is introduced by Whitlam to officials
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SCU P.M. Bijedic and wife leave hotel, enter car, depart with police escort (2 shots)
POLICE SEARCHING CARS: YUGOSLAV AIRCRAFT ARRIVING; PRIME MINISTER AND MRS. WHITLAM GREETING PRIME MINISTER AND MRS. BIJEDIC: POLICE SECURITY: YUGOSLAV VISITORS AT THEIR HOTEL.
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Background: Stringent security precautions were in force on Tuesday (20 March) when Prime Minister Dzemal Bijedic of Yugoslavia arrived on an official visit to Australia.
There was little ceremony at the airport. Instead, the visitor and his 25-man entourage were whisked in a high-speed convoy to their hotel, while a helicopter gunship patrolled overhead. Intensive searches had been carried out of places along the route, and even motorists were subject to checks and searches.
The security followed reports of a plot to kill Mr. Bijedic by right-wing extremists, claiming allegiance to the war-time government fleetingly established in Croatia, one of modern Yugoslavia's six constituent republica. There have already been several explosions in Australia attributed to Croatian extremists, and there was a further scare when gelignite was found in the boot of a car Mr. Bidejic's route. But it turned out to belong to a drainage contractor who had legitimate possession.
Mr. Bijedic flew on to New Zealand on Thursday (22 March) -- and the thousand police officers involved in the toughest security screen Australia has ever known were able to relax again. The massive operation for the Yugoslav tour followed the visit the previous week of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Two large bombs were found on his route.