Thousands of long-haired youths end girls invaded The Hague on Wednesday (18 April) to fight against legislation which would ban popular pirate radio stations now operating in International waters in the North Sea.
GTV PAN over large crowd
SV Women chanting amongst crowd, 20,000 signatures in support, gaily dressed women
GV Mounted police keep crowd back
LV Crowd & banner in support of Radio Veronica
SV Owner of Radio Veronica Mr. Verwey addressing crowd (2 shots)
SV Police keep back crowd
SV People with banners
SV,CU Owner of Radio Caroline Mr. O'Rahilly (2 shots)
GV Crowd past parliament building
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Background: Thousands of long-haired youths end girls invaded The Hague on Wednesday (18 April) to fight against legislation which would ban popular pirate radio stations now operating in International waters in the North Sea.
Police estimated the crowd at between 10,000 and 50,000 demonstrators. Mounted policemen were on duty preventing the crowd from causing traffic chaos outside Parliament Building where the pirate radio public debate was in progress.
In a resolution last May, a Strasbourg conference of European Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications urged the Dutch Government to ratify a treaty banning pirate radio. No decision was reached during Wednesday's Dutch Parliamentary hearing.
If the Dutch Parliament does decide to ratify the treaty later this year, the three popular pirate radio stations Veronica, North Sea International and Caroline will be closed down permanently.