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    MR. IAN ROBERTSON, THE 21-YEAR-OLD FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS,?

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    ARRIVAL AT AIRPORT; ROBERTSON BEING INTERVIEWED. (SOF).



    IAN ROBERTSON: "WELL, MY REACTION TO THE ASSASSINATION IS CERTAINLY ONE OF CONSIDERABLE SHOCK. I DON'T BELIEVE IT CAN DO SOUTH AFRICA ANY GOOD IN THE LONG RUN...WHOEVER HE IS REPLACED BY I THINK WILL IN ALL PROBABILITY BE A MORE EXTREME PERSON, AND THE ASSASSINATION WILL, I THINK, INEVITABLY BE MADE INTO A RALLYING POINT FOR WHITE UNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA. HE IS SIMPLY GOING TO BECOME A LEGEND, AS IT WERE, AND HIS POLICY WILL BE PURSUED BY HIS OWN SUPPORTERS WITH FAR MORE FERVOUR THAN IN THE PAST."



    ASKED THE REACTION OF SOUTH AFRICA'S AFRICAN POPULATION HE SAID... "THE AFRICAN POPULATION OF COURSE IS DIFFICULT TO ASSESS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT REALLY ABLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES. BUT I DO RECALL WHEN AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE ON DR. VERWOERD'S LIFE SOME YEARS AGO THE ATTITUDE OF THE AFRICAN POPULATION... THE AFRICAN MAN ON THE STREET..WAS ONE OF SOME JUBILATION. BUT I THINK THAT THEY TOO WILL BE VERY SHOCKED INDEED, AND THAT ANY MOMENTARY JUBILATION THEY MAY HAVE WILL PASS AWAY VERY SOON INDEED WHEN IT IS FOUND THAT HIS POLICIES DO CONTINUE AND THAT HIS SUCCESSOR PROBABLY APPLIES THEM WITH CONSIDERABLY MORE FERVOUR AND STRINGENCY THAN HE HAS."



    HE TOLD OF HIS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.... "WELL, AT THE MOMENT I AM GOING TO STUDY AT OXFORD FOR A DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION ON A BURSARY OFFERED ME BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS OF BRITAIN, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND... I'LL TAKE THAT DIPLOMA FIRST, AND THEN I WILL DECIDE AFTER THAT WHAT I AM GOING TO DO."




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    Background: MR. IAN ROBERTSON, THE 21-YEAR-OLD FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS, ARRIVED IN ATHENS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ON HIS WAY TO STUDY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. MR. ROBERTSON WAS BANNED FROM TAKING PART IN UNION ACTIVITIES FOR FIVE YEARS BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT. THE BANNING CAME A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA THIS YEAR OF SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY WHO WAS INVITED BY MR. ROBERTSON TO ADDRESS THE STUDENT BODY.

    MR. ROBERTSON ALSO PLANS TO VISIT GENEVA AND AMSTERDAM BEFORE ARRIVING IN LONDON ON SEPTEMBER 13.

    AT THE AIRPORT HE WAS ASKED HIS REACTION TO THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. HENDRIK VERWOERD, THE LATE SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9XFDPEFWLCPB8H0M5N260AAC3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9XFDPEFWLCPB8H0M5N260AAC3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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