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    AN ESTIMATED 25,000 YOUNG RED GUARDS STAGED A MARCH THROUGH THE STREETS OF COCHIN, IN THE STATE OF KERALA, LAST SUNDAY (29 DECEMBER) TO MARK A CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY.

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    AN ESTIMATED 25,000 YOUNG RED GUARDS STAGED A MARCH THROUGH THE STREETS OF COCHIN, IN THE STATE OF KERALA, LAST SUNDAY (29 DECEMBER) TO MARK A CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY. THE MARCHERS WITH FLAGS AND BANDS, PARADED FOR NEARLY 2-AND-A-HALF HOURS.

    THE MARCHERS' LEADER, MR. A. K. GOPALAN, INSPECTED THE RED GUARDS BEFORE THEY SET OUT. HE THEN SPOKE TO THEM, TELLING THE MARCHERS OF THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THE REVOLUTION.

    MR. GOPALAN LED THE MARCH FROM THE TOP OF A VAN. WITH HIM WAS THE PARTY REPRESENTATIVE IN KERALA, MR. E.M.S. NAMBOODRIPAD, WHO HEADS A COALITION THERE WHICH IS LED BY THE PARTY. ALSO ON THE VAN WAS THE COMMUNIST PARTY SECRETARY, MR. SUNDARAYYA.

    THE RED GUARDS IN KERALA REPRESENT THE WING OF THE INDIAN COMMUNIST PARTY WHICH HAS BEEN GENERALLY SILENT SINCE THE INDIA-CHINA DISPUTE OF 1962. NOW, HOWEVER, THEY ARE MAKING A STRONG RECOVERY.

    KERALA IS TRADITIONALLY A CHRISTIAN STATE AND HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST LITERACY RATES IN INDIA. IT IS TODAY BELIEVED TO BE THE STRONGHOLD OF THE PRO-CHINESE WING OF THE INDIAN COMMUNIST PARTY.

    IN OTHER SECTIONS OF KERALA, SUPPORTERS OF MAO TSE-TUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST CENTRAL COMMITTEE, ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE ATTACKED POLICE STATIONS AND INTENSIFIED A CAMPAIGN OF OPEN REVOLUTION TO INTIMIDATE LANDLORDS, INDUSTRIALISTS AND FARMERS. THE PRO-CHINESE SUPPORTERS ARE ALSO BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INCREASING NUMBER OF SLOGANS IN FAVOUR OF MAO TSE-TUNG AND PORTRAITS WHICH HAVE BEEN APPEARING ON WALLS IN AT LEAST SIX INDIAN STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA691NC1S6W63EBFY69BKOIBBVT
    Media URN:
    VLVA691NC1S6W63EBFY69BKOIBBVT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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