Regional, religious and industrial tension in India have led to a series of protest demonstrations across the country.
LV Protestors carrying banners and accompanied by police escort moving through street in New Delhi
LV Demonstrators with police with shields
GV & CU Armed police behind barricade (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators break through police cordon
SV Police using long canes to beat back demonstrators
SV Demonstrators trying to climb over barricade and being pulled back by police
SV & LV Demonstrators being pushed towards buses (2 shots)
CU Demonstrators climbing into bus
SV Bus driven off as demonstrators cling to outside
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Background: Regional, religious and industrial tension in India have led to a series of protest demonstrations across the country. The most recent took place in New Delhi on Tuesday (25 November) when hundreds of students demonstrated against growing unemployment.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators belonged to Communists movements -- the All India Youth Federation -- and they were demanding to be found jobs or to be jailed. Like many other countries, India faces serious problems of unemployment. Much of this affects students who have no professional or commercial training. The protestors were headed for Parliament House in the capital, but police cordons were waiting to block their way.
Other demonstrations throughout India have been caused by the government's controversial national security ordinance. Communist groups in the eastern state of West Bengal have called for a general strike on Thursday (27 November) to demand its repeal. Under the new legislation, the government can detain a person for up to 12 months without trial. During this confrontation, about 400 protesting students were arrested.
India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi has called for an end to pointless agitations. She says the choice before Indians is to make a major effort and leap forward or go further backwards. But the security ordinance, inflation and fresh communal and caste violence are causing increasing unrest -- and growing problems for her government.