• Short Summary

    A GROUP OF HEADMASTERS AND A LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADER HAVE ATTACKED THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES IN ZAMBIA, WHERE THEY ARE STAGING AN ANNUAL CONGREGATION.

  • Description


    BANNERS; CONGREGATION; MORALITY PLAY; FLAGPOLE WITHOUT FLAG.




    Initials GEM/VS/JH/ES



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A GROUP OF HEADMASTERS AND A LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADER HAVE ATTACKED THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES IN ZAMBIA, WHERE THEY ARE STAGING AN ANNUAL CONGREGATION.

    THERE ARE UP TO 20,000 MEMBERS OF THE WITNESSES... KNOWN AS THE WATCHTOWER SECT IN ZAMBIA... AT THE CONGREGATION IN THE COPPERBELT TOWN OF KITWE.

    THE MOST SERIOUS ATTACK ON THEM HAS COME FROM MR HENRY SHAMABANSE, THE RESIDENT MINISTER FOR THE CENTRAL PROVINCE. HE'S SAID THEIR PRACTICE OF IGNORING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND THE FLAG AT PUBLIC GATHERINGS SEEMED TO BE AIMED AT ANTAGONISING ZAMBIANS, AND HE WARNED THAT IT MIGHT BECOME NECESSARY TO IMPOSE THE SINGING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT ALL PUBLIC MEETINGS.

    HIS SPEECH FOLLOWED A PROTEST BY 120 CHILDREN, MEMBERS OF THE SECT, AGAINST PARADING ROUND THE FLAG AT SCHOOL. THEY STAYED AWAY FROM LESSONS, AND NOW A GROUP OF HEADMASTERS HAVE JOINED IN THE CRITICISM BECAUSE, THEY SAY, PARENTS HAVE TAKEN THEIR CHILDREN TO THE MEETING IN KITWE, INTERRUPTING THEIR EDUCATION. ONE HEADMASTER SAID HE THOUGHT THE LAW SHOULD BE "TIGHTENED UP TO STOP THIS PRACTICE".

    AT THE KITWE SHOWGROUNDS, THE WITNESSES SAT ON THE GROUND WATCHING A MORALITY PLAY AND LISTENING TO BIBLE DISCUSSIONS, SONG AND PRAYER. NEARBY STOOD A FLAGPOLE...WITHOUT A FLAG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEZP9SS0M5KCEXCK9NGDBQA22X
    Media URN:
    VLVAEZP9SS0M5KCEXCK9NGDBQA22X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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