• Short Summary

    Many shops and offices closed down and streets were deserted in major cities in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, yesterday (Tuesday) as communist, socialist and republican parties called a state wide general strike in protest against rising prices and taxes.

  • Description

    Many shops and offices closed down and streets were deserted in major cities in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, yesterday (Tuesday) as communist, socialist and republican parties called a state wide general strike in protest against rising prices and taxes.

    Although the strike was called on a state-wide basis, its effects were seen mostly in the large cities. Banks, government offices and some of the larger shops remained open but many shops answered the call to close for a day. Part of the reason for the deserted streets was a Government ban on processions, public meetings, and the assembly of more than five people.

    In other measures to prevent violence the government ordered the arrest of more than two thousand leaders of the parties who organised the strike.

    Despite the precautions there was some violence. At Banda, 120 miles from Lucknow, five people were killed and sixty injured when police opened fire on demonstrators. There were several incidents in which people were injured when demonstrators stoned passing trains.

    The strike is a protest against rising living costs and a recent increase in tax on land holdings in the state which has a population of 75 million. Most parts of the state were unaffected by the strike and economic life appeared to have continued without any major dislocation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA35MHGKW620VB8AMGK05JOGRZ0
    Media URN:
    VLVA35MHGKW620VB8AMGK05JOGRZ0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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