• Short Summary

    Worldwide anger at the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan is showing no signs of dying down with protests continuing in many of the world's major cities.

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    IRAN: GV Demonstrators chanting outside Afghan Embassy in Teheran (2 shots)
    0.08

    2.
    SV ZOOM OUT Demonstrators on roof of embassy PAN DOWN TO Demonstrators outside
    0.37

    3.
    U.K.: GV Demonstrators marching through streets of London PAN TO Official arriving at USSR embassy with petition
    0.48

    4.
    SV Demonstrators with pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini and burning pictures of Brezhnev (2 shots)
    1.02

    5.
    SV Demonstrators with anti-Russian banners
    1.10

    6.
    INDIA: SV Demonstrators march in New Delhi and chant against USSR (2 shots)
    1.24

    7.
    SV Afghan student leader handing petition to Prime Minister's official (4 shots)
    1.49

    8.
    SUDAN: GV Hundreds of Demonstrators marching in the streets of Khartoum chanting and waving banners
    2.14

    9.
    BANGLADESH: SV Demonstrators with sign saying "withdraw Russian troops from afghanistan" and photograph of Brezhnev (2 shots)
    2.22

    10.
    GV demonstrators march towards USSR embassy (3 shots)
    2.37

    11.
    GV Demonstrators throw stones and break down gates of USSR Cultural Centre and fighting with police and wrecking car (6 shots)
    3.07

    12.
    EGYPT: CU President Sadat answering reporters' questions
    3.45




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    Background: Worldwide anger at the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan is showing no signs of dying down with protests continuing in many of the world's major cities. Protestors from Both developing and industrialised countries have been calling on the Russian to withdraw their troops now in Afghanistan.

    SYNOPSIS: In Iran--Afghan theological students and workers occupied their country's embassy and daubed anti-Soviet slogans on the walls.

    The group--numbering around 40--held the embassy for about four hours before being persuaded to leave by a police chief. During their time inside they sifted through files and hung banners from the windows. Before dispersing, the demonstrators were allowed to read a lengthy statement condemning the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan over a megaphone, which was mounted on a Revolutionary Guard vehicle.

    In the United Kingdom Muslim demonstrators marched on the Soviet Embassy in London chanting anti-Soviet slogans.

    The march was against what the protestors called Russian imperialism. It was called by the Muslim Solidarity Committee of the United Kingdom, which also condemned the United States and its allies.

    The committee condemns the Russians--says the U.S. and its allies are using the so-called invasion as a cover for their own crimes.

    Six thousand miles away, in India, the call was the same. Again the protestors--this time mainly Afghan students--saw the Soviet Union's intervention as an invasion. They were also demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from their country.

    And, with a letter to the Indian Prime Minister, they petitioned the Government to put pressure on the Russian. Their protest comes during election week when leaders of both ruling groups inside the Indian Parliament have condemned the Soviet action.

    In Sudan hundreds of demonstrators also took to the streets chanting and waving banners in protest at the Soviet move. Soviet troops in combat gear were first seen patrolling the streets of Kabul after a coup which toppled Afghanistan's President Hafizullah Amin on December 28th. Mr. Amin had been tried and executed for what a revolutionary court called crimes against the people.

    Since then demonstrations, like this one in Dacca, have been going on almost continuously all over the world.

    Effigies and photographs of the Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin have been burned by protestors. And protestors in Dacca also threw stones at the Bangladeshi Community Party office-- but police prevented them from entering the building.

    A demonstration turned into a riot when around 5,000 demonstrators marched on the Soviet Cultural Centre in Dacca. The crowd stoned the building and tried to force its iron gates. That anger is mirrored by many governments. The latest reaction is from Egypt. President Anwar Sadat says he will provide facilities for the American military because of the Russian intervention in Afghanistan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7YVZP9CMX2VIA7D3AT76GWQ85
    Media URN:
    VLVA7YVZP9CMX2VIA7D3AT76GWQ85
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:46:00
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