Over 100 demonstrators marched on the United States embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday (12 July) in protest against the development of the neutron bomb.
Over 100 demonstrators marched on the United States embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday (12 July) in protest against the development of the neutron bomb. The people taking part in the demonstration came mainly from the Communist Party-led Peace Committee and the Congress Party.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration was noisy, but peaceful. It was the first protest outside the United States embassy in New Delhi for over two years and the people involved made the most of it. They don't like the idea of the neutron bomb -- and their banners spelled out their feelings. The demonstrators believe the bomb presents a serious threat to human rights and could affect the lives of millions of people. A neutron bomb has already been exploded underground in Nevada, as part of the United States testing programme.
Outside the embassy, the demonstrators encountered a police cordon which brought their march to a halt. However, they made up for this by chanting loud enough for embassy staff to hear.
The neutron bomb relies on massive doses of radiation rather than the conventional explosive blast, to kill an enemy.
There's a lot of opposition to the bomb at high levels in the United States. Some senators feel it is particularly dangerous because it blurs the distinction between conventional and nuclear warfare. Its future remains in doubt.