Demonstrators mar French World War II ceremony
May 8, 1997
Web posted at: 4:54 p.m. EDT (2054 GMT)
CAYENNE, French Guiana (CNN) -- Demonstrators protesting the
imprisonment of French Guiana independence leaders disrupted
a ceremony Thursday marking the 52nd anniversary of the end
of World War II in Europe.
There were no reports of violence from the protest in
France's South American territory. More than 100
demonstrators chanting "liberate our comrades," drowned out
the music of a French Foreign Legion band playing the French
national anthem at the war memorial in Cayenne.
War veterans and officials present expressed shock at the
protest. Meanwhile, in Paris, French President Jacques Chirac
laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There was a
minute of silence, followed by the playing of the French
Reuters contributed to this report.
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