• Short Summary

    THE WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY WAS TO HAVE RE-OPENED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) BUT THE CEREMONY WAS MARRED BY DEMONSTRATIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE ASSEMBLY BUILDING.

  • Description

    THE WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY WAS TO HAVE RE-OPENED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) BUT THE CEREMONY WAS MARRED BY DEMONSTRATIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE ASSEMBLY BUILDING.

    THE GOVERNOR OF WEST BENGAL, MR. DHARMA VIRA, ARRIVED TO ADDRESS THE ASSEMBLY, BUT WAS PREVENTED FROM SPEAKING BY OPPOSITION MEMBERS WHO BLOCKED THE WAY TO HIS SEAT. OUTSIDE THE ASSEMBLY BUILDING HUNDREDS OF DEMONSTRATORS GAVE POLICE A BUSY TIME.

    A COALITION GOVERNMENT HAS JUST BEEN PUT IN OFFICE IN WEST BENGAL, DOMINATED BY INDIA'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY. THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, OF THE UNITED FRONT, WAS DISMISSED. UNITED FRONT SUPPORTERS CLAIM THE DISMISSAL WAS ILLEGAL.

    POLICE, GUARDING THE BUILDING IN CALCUTTA, HAD TO USE TEAR GAS TO PREVENT DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING TO THE ASSEMBLY. MOUNTED POLICE WERE ALSO USED TO PUSH DEMONSTRATORS BACK.

    THE ATMOSPHERE WITHIN THE ASSEMBLY, WHERE NO FILMING IS ALLOWED, WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN AS HOSTILE AS THE DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE, AND THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS WAS ALMOST TOTALLY UNHEARD. HOWEVER, AN INDIAN HIGH COURT RULING SAYS THAT PROVIDED A FEW WORDS OF THE SPEECH HAVE BEEN UTTERED THE ADDRESS HAS BEEN DELIVERED AND THE ASSEMBLY SESSION BEGUN. THE SPEAKER HAS, HOWEVER, ADJOURNED THE ASSEMBLY FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5FEAFKWCVN43JS7MS2P3FOGDW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5FEAFKWCVN43JS7MS2P3FOGDW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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