• Short Summary

    Bangladesh's President Ziaur Rahman made his first public appearance on Tuesday (1 November) since an abortive coup last month.

  • Description

    Bangladesh's President Ziaur Rahman made his first public appearance on Tuesday (1 November) since an abortive coup last month. He attended a parade by a newly-formed light infantry brigade in Shafipur.

    SYNOPSIS: Military observers in Bangladesh see the Presidents's appearance as a show of strength to prove to the people that he's still in effective control of the armed forces.

    After receiving the salute, President Zia spoke to the troops. He emphasised the need for a strong defence system for Bangladesh to meet the challenge of external threat.

    About 150 armed services men were executed after the coup attempt. They were charged with mutiny and with killing armed forces personnel, including 11 top air force officers. President Zia said the chief aim of the coup had been to destroy the air force and cripple and defence services so invading forces would meet little resistance.

    Bangladesh's first female battalion took part in the parade. General Zia told them and the other soldiers that the strength of the infantry would be double within the next three years.

    That comment has sparked off speculation that a promised election next year may not take place.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6ZENATX3LGAT5QHJX0A9FH3XK
    Media URN:
    VLVA6ZENATX3LGAT5QHJX0A9FH3XK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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