• Short Summary

    In Belgium, Dec. 23rd, strikes spread rapidly throughout the country, and there were numerous clashes as armed gendarmes tried to keep order.

  • Description

    1.
    LV police guard post office
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    2.
    SV police talk with strikers
    0.08

    3.
    LV postman on strike
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    4.
    LV ditto
    0.16

    5.
    GV crowd around post office
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    CU sign, post office
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    7.
    SV strikers towards in street
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    SV some postmen being escorted by police
    0.31

    9.
    BACK V strikers march in street
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    10.
    LV bus for distributing mail
    0.39

    11.
    SV strikers sitting in road
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    12.
    LV shops shut
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    13.
    LV marchers down street
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    14.
    SV ditto
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    15.
    BACK V ditto
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    16.
    BACK V ditto
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    17.
    GV miners
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    18.
    LV ditto
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    19.
    LV railways yard entry
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    Initials BA/S/JH/BA



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In Belgium, Dec. 23rd, strikes spread rapidly throughout the country, and there were numerous clashes as armed gendarmes tried to keep order.

    The strike movement is a protest against new austerity measures aimed at Bridging the economic gap caused by the loss of the Congo.

    Brussels was the scene of demonstrations by postmen. The post offices were heavily picketed, but there were scuffles with the police when the few non-strikers tried to carry on delivering the Christmas mail. In the Charleroi and Borinage areas, coal mines were closed down when mineworkers joined the strike.

    Big reinforcements of police waited in the cities ready to deal with serious outbreaks of trouble, and the Army, Navy and Air Force were alerted. Leave for serviceman was cancelled. Strong guards were mounted at telephone exchanges, post offices, railway stations, bridges and ports, and at other strategic points.

    There was violence also in Parliament, where fist fights broke out as the session ended in uproar. Reports said King Baudouin would not break his honeymoon in Spain to return to Belgium.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAKAJTA0LHPGI8FB8QSEVUIDTM
    Media URN:
    VLVAAKAJTA0LHPGI8FB8QSEVUIDTM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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