Egyptian riot police occupied the Bulgarian embassy in Cairo, following an unusual incident which caused Egypt to break diplomatic relations with Bulgarian.
SV PAN FROM Armed soldier at entrance TO Bulgarian Embassy TO entrance
CU Armed soldier at doorway with police in background
SV INT Police inside embassy
GV PAN Embassy staff talking to reporters TO Bulgarian Ambassador
CU Bulgarian Ambassador, Mr. Georgi Vladikov speaking in Bulgarian with reporter translating into English (3 shots)
TRANSLATOR: "Today the Bulgarian embassy was barbarically barricaded by the police, and without our permission made a detailed search here. The day before yesterday we had almost the same accident here. About two hundred people made an attempt to invade our embassy. They brought stones, iron bars, and pieces of....(indistinct)...They are offered 180,000 pounds at this moment to leave the building."
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Background: Egyptian riot police occupied the Bulgarian embassy in Cairo, following an unusual incident which caused Egypt to break diplomatic relations with Bulgarian. It has been alleged that an Egyptian family refused to vacate their flat in the embassy building. The dispute climaxed when embassy staff allegedly beat the mother and her two daughters following an argument. Within minutes hundreds of Egyptians gathered outside the embassy, protesting the beatings. Two days later Egyptian riot police stormed the embassy. One embassy guard said he fired three warning shots into the ground to disperse a crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Egyptian police and soldiers surrounded the Bulgarian embassy on orders from President Sadat, who said they were to safeguard the dignity of the three Egyptian women. The Bulgarian news agency accused the police of ransacking the building and preventing the normal operation of the embassy. The Bulgarian government said the action was unprecedented in international affairs and diplomatic practice.
The Bulgarians also accused the egyptians of staging the demonstration. They said only a planned protest could attract hundreds of Egyptians shouting anti-Bulgarian slogans in a short time. The Bulgarian ambassador, Mr. Georgi Vladikov spoke to reporters.