Besieged all night in a church in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A., about 1,000 Negroes filed wearily?
MV Tracking shot soldiers and police.
SV INT..Negroes file into church.
SV PAN Negro women seated.
MV Another angle of women.
SV Reverent Luther King (S.O.F.) "Now under martial law....and troops are on their way into Montgomery (applause) negroes behind Rev. exult.
MV Police and guardsmen outside church.
MV Guardsmen and jeep.
SV Guardsmen with rifles deploy to patrol.
MV Guardsmen out of jeep - checks rifle.
SV Motor cycle police stand by.
SV Jeep forward - guardsman out.
SV Guardsmen stand by.
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Background: Besieged all night in a church in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A., about 1,000 Negroes filed wearily from the building May 22 after armed and steel helmeted National Guardsmen had driven off a mob of stone-throwing Whites.
The congregation had gathered in the Baptist Church to hear the Reverend Martin Luther King, the noted Negro integrationist, preach. Among those inside were the "Freedom Riders"... White and Negro passengers who had deliberately violated a State lay prohibiting racial integration on bus journeys - cause of a violent clash May 14 when White segregationists burned their bus and badly mauled many of the passengers.
Trouble began at the church when State Marshals intercepted and dispersed a group of about thirty Whites marching on the Church. Local police joined the Marshals in driving off a second and more determined rush. Inside the church there were moments of near panic as tear gas and fire hoses were used to drive back the mob. Mr.King telephoned Mr. Robert Kennedy, United States Attorney-General, to ask for help. Mr. Kennedy, the President's brother, telephoned Governor Patterson to say there were insufficient men guarding the church. Governor Patterson put the State capital under martial law and called in the National Guard, who, with bayonets fixed, helped clear the area.
Federal agents - rushed into Montgomery by Mr. Robert Kennedy - have arrested four men in connection with the bus burning incident. About 500 Federal agents are quartered in an Air Force base on the city outskirts, ready for instant action.