• Short Summary

    Demonstrators gathered in Salisbury's main square yesterday (Thursday) protesting against the hanging of three convicted African murderers on Wednesday (6 Mar).

  • Description


    Demonstrators with placards; women and man placing flowers in front of demonstrators; African watching; demonstrators exchange places; placards.


    1-3.
    Demonstrators in Salisbury's main square yesterday (Thursday) protested against the hanging of three Rhodesian Africans. The demonstrators described their action as a mourning gesture -- not on behalf of the executed men -- but in the name of humanity. The three Africans were convicted of murder, but their sentences had been commuted to life imprisonment by Queen Elizabeth.


    4-5.
    The demonstrators took to in turns to stand by some sprays of flowers and wreaths opposite Parliament House. People came by themselves to add flowers to the small collection. There were to add flowers to the small collection. There were never more than three people there because gatherings of more than three are banned in the street.


    6-9.
    The demonstrators started early as people were going to work. Each pair took a turn of an hour and a half and then handed over to another pair. Africans and Europeans watched the demonstration. There was an incident during which a water hose was turned on the demonstrators, and their placards were torn up later in the day.


    1.
    CV FLOWERS ZOOM OUT TO MEN WITH PLACARDS


    2.
    CV ONE OF DEMONSTRATORS TILT TO BOARD "IN MEMORY OF RHODESIAN HUMANITY"


    3.
    GV WOMAN PLACES MORE FLOWERS ON GROUND IN FRONT OF MEN


    4.
    GV PAN..STREET


    5.
    GV ANOTHER MAN ARRIVES WITH FLOWERS


    6.
    SV AFRICAN MEN WATCHING


    7.
    SV OTHER DEMONSTRATORS ARRIVE WITH PLACARDS


    8.
    SV PAN..PLACARDS


    9.
    SV MEN WITH PLACARDS




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Demonstrators gathered in Salisbury's main square yesterday (Thursday) protesting against the hanging of three convicted African murderers on Wednesday (6 Mar).

    The demonstrators -- gathering in relays--stood amid bouquets of flowers and wreaths just opposite parliament house.

    They carried placards saying "In memory of Rhodesian humanity" and I "In memory of Rhodesian statesmanship".

    The demonstrators gathered in twos and threes because public meetings of more than three people in the street at the same time are banned.

    The demonstration started in the early morning as people were going to work. The demonstrators took turns each of an hour and a half, each team being relieved by another. They were watched by crowds of Africans and Europeans.

    One demonstrators said: "This is a mourning gesture--not on behalf of the executed men--but in the name of humanity."
    Later in the day there was a brief incident during which a water hose was turned on the demonstrators and their placards torn up.

    Today (Friday) the Rhodesian government was reported to be preparing to go ahead with a new series of execution.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LAQGYPU24AVGZC8IONQVZ4OE
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LAQGYPU24AVGZC8IONQVZ4OE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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