• Short Summary

    To protest against what it calls the coloured invasion of England, the Right Wing National Labour Party rallied May 24 in historic Trafalgar Square.

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    GV Tilt Church of St. Martin in the fields to crowd in Trafalgar Square.
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    SV "Keep Britain White" placard.
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    SCU Pan From signboard "White Defence League" to crowd.
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    SV Crowd.
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    SCU Speaker addresses crowd.
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    CU Ditto
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    SV Pan Crowd claps;
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    SV Police watch crowd.
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    GV Crowd and speaker.
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    LV PAN From speaker to Fleet Street photographer asleep.
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    CU "White Defence League" flag
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    GV Andrew Fountaine walks to microphone to address crowd.
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    PAN SHOT Crowd
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    CU Crowd
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    CU Two Africans argue
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    LV "Keep Britain White" placard.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: To protest against what it calls the coloured invasion of England, the Right Wing National Labour Party rallied May 24 in historic Trafalgar Square. The Party is not linked with the Labour Party.

    Pigeons ousted from their recreation ground gawked from clawholds on neighbouring buildings as some 1,000 people shifted from one foot to another during hours' long speeches against coloured people, Jews and American 'Military occupiers.'
    Businessman and landowner Andrew Fountaine, new President of the Party, was the chief speaker. He said racial incidents in North London's troubled Notting Hill was good evidence of the Britain of the future if immigration of coloured people continued.

    Police - out in force - estimated about 300 people present were supporters of the Party's White Defence League. As at most rallies on the Square hecklers were numerous but no fisticuff disturbed the general calm of the Sabbath.

    London's Special Branch police opened inquiries this week into political factions suspected of stirring up racial warfare following the stabbing to death of a 32 year old West Indian in Notting Hill last week. Plain-clothes-men will eavesdrop at political meetings. New political campaigner in the district is Sir Oswald Mosley, pre-war British Fascist leader.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD2HHIFYDSYYFYBWZCEZ1OTIRF
    Media URN:
    VLVAD2HHIFYDSYYFYBWZCEZ1OTIRF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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