About 200 members of Singapore's National Trade Union Congress staged a peaceful protest on Friday (22 June) outside the French Embassy -- calling on the French government to halt its nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.
LV Pen Demonstrators march with banners to French Embassy
SV Embassy sign
LV & CU Demonstrators outside (2 shots)
LV & CU Police on Embassy steps facing demonstrators (3 shots)
CU Demonstrators with anti-nuclear bomb placards. (3 shots)
SV Pan Leaders of demo enter with petition
LV & CU Demonstrator wait outside (2 shots)
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Background: About 200 members of Singapore's National Trade Union Congress staged a peaceful protest on Friday (22 June) outside the French Embassy -- calling on the French government to halt its nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.
Some carried placards in English, Malay and Chinese denouncing the forthcoming French tests. The protest leaders handed a petition to the French Ambassador in Singapore.
As a further protest, Singapore's 4000 postal and telecommunication workers are to join their Australian counterparts in refusing to handle all mail, telegraphic and telephone traffic to and from France.
The Secretary General of the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Mr. Devan Nair, said in a cable sent to trade union organisations around the world that the NTUC had ordered the boycott. The boycott was to come into force on Friday (22 June).
The NTUC has also called on residents of Singapore to boycott the purchase of all commodities originating in France.
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) -- which claims a membership of 52 million workers -- has called on its members to take trade union action against France interest throughout the world in protest against nuclear tests. Australia and other Pacific Ocean members have ordered a total ban on handling ships, aircraft, goods and communications going to and from France.
SYNOPSIS: About two hundred members of Singapore' National Trade Union Congress marched on the French Embassy on Friday to protest at France's nuclear testing programme in the Pacific Ocean.
The demonstration came after the Trade Union Congress ordered a boycott of all mail, telegraphic and telephone traffic between Singapore and France. About four-thousand postal and telecommunication workers are involved. The Trade Union Congress also called on Singapore residents to boycott the purchase of goods originating from France.
Some of the demonstrators carried placards in English, Malay and Chinese denouncing the coming French nuclear taste. Their protest was in line with a call by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, for members to take action against French interests around the world until the nuclear tests are called off.
The postal workers waited outside the French Embassy while their union leaders presented a petition to the Ambassador. The Singapore workers are taking similar action to their counterparts in Australia and other Pacific nations.