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    Arab students in the Indian capital of New Delhi, have been making a number of protests against the signing of the Middle East peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

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    LV & CU Arab League building in New Delhi with PLO and Arab League flags flying, and PLO posters on wall (THREE SHOTS)

    LV & CU Arab students standing behind closed gates, surrounded by banners and chanting "Down with Sadat, Down with Imperialism" "Down with Zionism" (TWO SHOTS)

    CU & SV anti-Sadat poster and students chanting "Ho, ho, ho Chi Minh, We shall fight and we shall win" (TWO SHOTS)

    GV & SV students marching with banners and portraits of Yasser Arafat towards U.S. Embassy and chanting 'Viva, viva Palestine' (TWO SHOTS)

    LV & CU police guard and sign outside U.S. Embassy gates as chanting students arrive (THREE SHOTS)

    TV & CU students chant at police barrier as deputation walk forward and hand petition to U.S. Councillor on duty (THREE SHOTS)

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    Background: Arab students in the Indian capital of New Delhi, have been making a number of protests against the signing of the Middle East peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. On Saturday (24 March) they took over the Arab League building and hoisted a Palestinian flag above it. They said they were prepared to occupy it until the peace treaty was annulled. The following day, hundreds of chanting students marched through the streets to the United States Embassy, where they handed in a petition which accused Washington of using imperialist policies to help Israel expand its territory.

    SYNOPSIS: The Arab League building after several hundred demonstrating Arab students had taken it over. They said they were prepared to stay there indefinitely to achieve their demand to have the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty annulled. Their chanting from inside the gates was directed against three major targets: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, "imperialism and Zionism."
    The crowd of students that marched to the United States Embassy on Sunday (25 March) was said to include many Iranians.

    An unofficial estimate on the number of marchers was put at five hundred. Their cry as they sung along the streets was 'Viva, viva Palestine.'
    Outside the Embassy gates, they were met by a police cordon. Their action came a day before President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were due to sign their peace treaty in Washington under the eye of President Carter, whose recent visit to their countries had moved the Middle East leaders towards the historic signing. At the Delhi Embassy, the petition and an attached pamphlet were handed to the United States councillor on duty. The petition claimed that "U.S. Imperialism" had directed and master-minded the treaty. The pamphlet, signed by the Indian branch of the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS), alleged the treaty was a conspiracy against the Palestinians.

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