Several hundred Afghan students, their numbers swelled by supporting Iranian and Islamic students, marched on Friday (14 December) to the Soviet Embassy in New Delhi, to demonstrate against Soviet policies in Afghanistan.
Several hundred Afghan students, their numbers swelled by supporting Iranian and Islamic students, marched on Friday (14 December) to the Soviet Embassy in New Delhi, to demonstrate against Soviet policies in Afghanistan. Moslem rebels are fighting a guerrilla war against the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul, Afghanistan, whom they claim are responsible for hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing into Pakistan and Iran. While New Delhi's anti-riot police guarded the Soviet Embassy, the students chanted anti-Soviet slogans.
SYNOPSIS: The Islamic Association of Afghan students organised the march in support of what they called "the people of Afghanistan's struggle to free themselves from the yoke of Soviet Imperialism". They called for the elimination of Marxist-Stalinist ideology from their country, and the establishment of a free Islamic society.
The Kabul government began last week (8 December) an anti-rebel offensive, driving a further forty thousand refugees across the border into Pakistan.
The Moslem rebels there said on Monday (10 December) their guerrillas had killed over five hundred of the twenty-five thousand Soviet advisors they claim are in Afghanistan. Western and Asian assessments put the number higher.
The rebel leaders, one of whom joined the march, have appealed to the Islamic world to oppose the Soviet-backed regime, which they say was responsible for hundreds of thousands of Afghan deaths in the past twenty months.