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CUE: POLICE PUSHING
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Background: Many provincial weekly papers managed to publish today, despite the printing dispute. There was a big demonstration in London where about five-hundred men, including national newspaper workers, picketed the Kingsway Independent Television offices. Their protest was against the T.V. Times, which they condemned as "black".
Some of the demonstrators tried to push inside -- and met this reception. The fire hose had been turned on by hall porters and security men.
Even after the doors had been shut, it took the police several minutes to quell the struggle. According to one employee at Television House, it was "a grand shambles." A spokesman there said the police had pushed the crowd back -- but not violently. There were no arrests.
After this, the men paraded Fleet Street, chanting slogans and singing Rule Britannia. There was another clash at Streatham, where the South London Press came out, but at Watford -- chief home of the book printing industry -- there was a slightly lighter side.
Newsagents went themselves to collect copies of the Watford Observer, one of the Hertfordshire weeklies, which had been printed, this time, by the directors. Boos from picketers went with the successful, but some others didn't find it so easy to get their papers.