• Short Summary

    Two hundred demonstrators staged a sit-in on Tuesday (8 July) outside the American Library in the United States Information Service compound in New Delhi, as part of a mounting campaign to implicate the United States Central Intelligence Agency in India's most serious political crisis since independence.

  • Description

    Two hundred demonstrators staged a sit-in on Tuesday (8 July) outside the American Library in the United States Information Service compound in New Delhi, as part of a mounting campaign to implicate the United States Central Intelligence Agency in India's most serious political crisis since independence.

    They chanted slogans against the C.I.A. in the first demonstration against the United States since the Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi issued her emergency decree on the 26th of June to "guard against the grave threat of internal disturbances". Parliament has been called into session for one week from the 21st of July to approve the decree.

    Shortly before the state of emergency was declared, Mrs Gandhi's political opponents demanded her resignation because of her conviction for violating election laws. Mrs Gandhi has lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court for hearing on Monday (14 July).

    Meanwhile, the campaign against the C.I.A. has received the backing of a group of the ruling Congress Party politicians. And reports from New Delhi suggest that Mrs Gandhi is giving her indirect support.

    Congress Party officials have alleged the C.I.A. might have connections with some sections of the opposition--arrested under the decree. But the C.I.A. Director, Mr. Willian Colby has flatly denied any agency connection with the Indian crisis.

    According to newsmen covering Tuesday's demonstration, the police did not intervene--although the decree bans political demonstrations. After the sit-in which lasted half an hour, the leaders of the demonstrators who belonged to the Congress Party Youth Corps, reportedly shook hands with police commanders.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA5SLHZVB6WDEPGPD9CKHJRTJ8
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5SLHZVB6WDEPGPD9CKHJRTJ8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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