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Gallery - Mururoa protest interview with Bill Ralston Television (Excerpts) – 1973 News/Current Affairs

Gallery - Mururoa protest interview with Bill Ralston

Television (Excerpts) – 1973 News/Current Affairs

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In this short Gallery interview — broadcast in June 1973 — Peace Media representative (and future TVNZ news boss) Bill Ralston talks about dwindling supplies for two private vessels that had left Aotearoa, to protest upcoming French nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll. Ralston accuses Prime Minister Norman Kirk of being “a little bit heartless” for not assisting. Actually Kirk was realising plans for the HMNZS Otago to join the vigil. Protest yacht Fri was later stormed by French commandos, and the protests made world news. French nuclear testing in the Pacific finally ceased in 1996.

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They're tired, they're wet, they're miserable...it's a not a pleasure cruise in any way.
– Bill Ralston describes the morale on protest boat The Spirit of Peace