Several thousand Indian trade unionists demonstrated outside the United States Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Several thousand Indian trade unionists demonstrated outside the United States Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday. The demonstration had been organised by the Delhi Trade Unions Action Committee to protest against what they described as "blatant interference in the affairs of Chile" by the United States, and against the "conspiracy of the C.I.A. in the overthrow of a legally and constitutionally" elected government.
A large proportion of the demonstrators belonged to the Communist dominated Bank Employees Union of Delhi. They carried Banners and slogans mourning the death of President Allende, and claiming that President Nixon was responsible for the killing. They carried effigies of President Nixon and shouted slogans demanding his death.
The United States Embassy had been surrounded by a strong cordon of riot police. When the demonstrators reached the Embassy, the effigies of President Nixon were burnt, and the protestors danced around them.
SYNOPSIS: Indian trade unionists demonstrated in New Delhi on Wednesday against the death of President Allende of Chile, and against what they claimed was United States interference in Chile's affairs. They carried banners mourning Allende's death, and an effigy of President Nixon, as the procession of several thousand protestors made its way to the American Embassy in the city.
The embassy was surrounded by a strong cordon of riot police, which successfully kept the demonstration at a distance from the b building.
When the procession reached the Embassy, the effigy of President Nixon was burnt as the protestors danced and chanted slogans. The demonstrators - many of who belonged to the Community dominated Bank Employees Union - claimed that the United States' Secret Service had plotted the overthrow of President Allende's Government, and that President Nixon was responsible for his death, and that the coup was a direct challenge to countries struggling for economic independence.