The Indian capital, New Delhi, was the scene of demonstrations against both the United States and the Soviet Union on Friday (15 February).
SV Police guards standing at entrance to Soviet Information Centre in New Delhi
CU Sign "Information Department, USSR Embassy, India"
GV Crowds with banners shouting anti-USSR slogans outside Information Centre and carrying effigy of President Brezhnev (3 shots)
SV Crowd burns effigy of President Brezhnev strapped to a tree
SV Crowds shouting and waving banners as effigy burns (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators carrying large banner arrive at U.S. Embassy
GV Armed police guarding entrance to U.S. Embassy
GV Demonstrators chanting and waving banners as police guard embassy (2 shots)
CU Banner reading "Carter--a tool of American Arms Magnates" and another "Yankees don't insult Islam by committing Genocide in Palestine"
GV Crowd of demonstrators outside U.S. Embassy
We, the citizens of free and democratic India, express our deep heartfelt grief and shock at the ???provoked military intervention by U.S.S.R. in Afghanistan. It is an act of brutal and naked aggression by a superpower - U.S.S.R. against a small non-aligned nation - Afghanistan. Russian military intervention in Afghanistan has shocked freedom loving people all over the world.
The continued military presence of U.S.S.R. in Afghanistan makes imperialist and expansionist trends developing in the Soviet policy self evident and obvious. Invading U.S.S.R. forces have dealt a fatal blow to non-aligned movement. The occupation of Afghanistan by U.S.S.R. has generated an atmosphere of cold war in this region and consequent??? race may plunge the South Asia in a big flare up, endangering world peace which may provoke third world war.
The Soviet aggression in Afghanistan is obviously a conspiracy against new awakening in the Muslim world particularly in Iran.
The Soviet military presence in Afghanistan pose??? a threa??? not only to the peace and security of the Middle East but also to peace, security and freedom of countries of the Indian Sub-continent.
Hence, we demand:
Forthwith and unconditional withdrawal of forces of U.S.S.R. from Afghanistan, and
Self-determination for Afghanistan people to form government and have social order of their own choice.
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Background: The Indian capital, New Delhi, was the scene of demonstrations against both the United States and the Soviet Union on Friday (15 February). One demonstration, outside the United States embassy, was organised by groups opposed to the United States military support for Pakistan. The second protest, outside the Soviet Information Centre, involved about 500 indian Moslems demanding the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: The Moslem protestors gathered at a New Delhi mosque after Friday prayers to march to the Soviet Information Centre where they were stopped by armed police guarding the entrance to the building. The demonstrators carried effigies of the Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, which they later burned while chanting anti-Soviet slogans.
The group released a memorandum describing the Soviet action in Afghanistan as part of the conspiracy against the new awakening in the Moslem world, particularly in Iran. the memorandum claimed the Soviet presence in Afghanistan posed a threat to the peace and security of the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.
Outside the United States Embassy, about one hundred demonstrators belonging to the Save Himalaya Association chanted slogans and displayed banners accusing the United States of warmongering.
The demonstrators claimed that U.S. policy of supplying arms to Pakistan was threatening peace in the Indian sub-continent, and that President Carter was a tool of United States arms magnates.