In India, more than 100,000 students went on strike and took to the streets of New Delhi on Monday (6 February).
In India, more than 100,000 students went on strike and took to the streets of New Delhi on Monday (6 February). They were calling for the unconditional release of Iranian and Indian students who were arrested during demonstrations against the Shah of Iran last week.
SYNOPSIS: Students at New Delhi university boycotted classes and took to the streets in response to a call from the youth wings of the ruling Janata Party and the Indian Communist Party. They were demanding the release of all students who had been arrested the previous week for demonstrating against the Shah of Iran's visit to India. That demonstration had taken placed as the Shah drove from the airport to the Presidential palace. Several hundred students had broken through the police cordon and after violent clashes with the police many were held in custody.
Although the police were again out in force to deal with Monday's demonstration, there was little sign of violence. The students restricted their protects to the chanting of slogans of those still in detention, who include several Iranian students. Their march took them to Prime Minister Morarji Desai's office where they left a message outlining their grievances.
Among the grievances is a growing dissatisfaction with the restriction order that was placed on Iranian students during the Shah's visit. Under this, they ordered to remain in their places of study and threatened with deportation if they participated in any anti-Shah demonstrations. Now students want those deportation orders rescinded.