A group of about 30 Palestine guerrilla sympathisers demonstrated outside the Jordanian Mission to the United Nations in New York yesterday (July 20).
CU Demonstrators burning a portrait of King Hussein outside Jordanian Mission to the U.N.
SV PAN DOWN FROM Mission to burning portrait (2 shots)
SV Group trying to gain entry to Mission
CU Palestine Liberation banner
SV Spokesman trying to gain entrance to Mission
CU Rashid Hussein (another spokesman) speaking
GV Demonstrators set off for Arab League building
SV Police blocking entrance
SV INT. demonstrators seated with slogans
SV Yahya Aboubakr (Arab League spokesman) speaking
SV Protestors shaking fists
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "A group of about thirty Palestine Arab sympathisers burned a picture of King Hussein in front of Jordan's U.N. Mission and tried to see the Jordanian Ambassador. While police blocked entry through a revolving door in the front, a group who entered at the bank were taken out and arrested. Rashid Hussein, a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organisation, complained that his group was being prevented from seeing their own Ambassador."
SEQ. 7: RASHID HUSSEIN: "Why can't we see him? Why can't ....why can Mr. Nixon go to China to see Chou En Lai and we can't see our Ambassador? Why?"
REPORTER: "Then the group picked a new target -- the office of the seventeen-nation Arab League in the Olaysler Building. In the lobby, police again barred their way until a League official intervened. Upstairs, more slogans -- and this time, a sympathetic response."
SEQ. 11: YAHYA ABOUBAKR: "First and foremost to support the Palestinian revolution and the Palestinian right to self-determination and the right of the Palestinian people to liberate their homeland. That's the first duty of the Arab League, besides improving the Arab image in general."
REPORTER: "The protesters listened, but said they'd heard many such words and seen little action. This time, they said, they wanted more. Ken Alvord, News for New York."
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Background: A group of about 30 Palestine guerrilla sympathisers demonstrated outside the Jordanian Mission to the United Nations in New York yesterday (July 20). About eight who tried to get into the Mission were arrested, and the demonstrators then moved off to stage their protest outside the Arab League building. They were protesting at what they called "butchery" by Jordanian Government troops in recent fighting against Palestine guerrillas in the country's northern district. A portrait of King Hussein was burnt during the demonstration.