• Short Summary

    Violence broke out in Colombo on Friday as Ceylon's newly-elected Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike,?

  • Description

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    GV Crowds outside Governor-General's residence (3 shots)
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    MV Policeman on horseback
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    SV Governor-General's residence
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    MV Buddhist monks enter
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    MV PAN pressmen and photographers
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    MV Statue of Buddha
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    CU Mrs Bandaranaike enters palace
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    GV & MV Wrecked newspaper office (2 shots)
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    GV Crowd looking over wall
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    GV People on steps of damaged building
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    CU Wreckage and oil drums (2 shots)
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    SV Table hanging out of damaged building
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    13.
    SV Wrecked building
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Violence broke out in Colombo on Friday as Ceylon's newly-elected Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, went to the Governor-General's residence for the swearing in ceremony.

    Mrs. Bandaranaike's new government includes three Trotskyists and one Communist. Her left-leaning United Front Coalition scored a massive victory in the election to defeat former Premier Dudley Senanayake.

    The new Premier was given a warm welcome by a large crowd as she arrived at the residence. Immediately after the swearing in, she attended a Buddhist service of dedication.

    It was during this service that a group of her supporters, leaving the Governor-General's residence, converged on the headquarters of a large newspaper group which they considered was in opposition to Mrs. Bandaranaike's party.

    During an attack on the office which followed, police made baton charges and used teargas to try and control the crowd. But many rioters managed to break into the building. They set fire to papers and files, wrecked furniture, smashed windows and tore down a neon sign.

    Yesterday (Saturday) Mrs. Bandaranaike called for law and order following the violence in Colombo, and also in Dedigama, where a policeman had been killed the previous day during rioting.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJ2KRVA333ZAY3078IJNQKPHY
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJ2KRVA333ZAY3078IJNQKPHY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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