In Surinam, there have been demonstrations in support of call for more aid from the Netherlands.
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GV ZOOM Rallying point of demonstration.
SV ZOOM OUT GV Man addressing crowd.
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Background: In Surinam, there have been demonstrations in support of call for more aid from the Netherlands.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people marched through the streets of Paramaribo in a day of activities that paralysed Surinam's capital city. The demonstrators included trade unionists, politicians, students, soldiers and policemen. They timed their activities to coincide with the visit to Surinam of the Netherlands Minister for Development Co-operation Jan de Koning.
In a rally in front of the presidential palace, speaker after speaker called on the Netherlands to give more aid to Surinam to help offset inflation. Surinam was granted independence from Holland in 1975 and received 1.8 billion dollars as an independence gift. But the new Surinam government which came to power in a coup last February is finding it difficult to cope with inflation. Early in May, a group of mercenaries tried to stage a counter-coup but they were caught and their leader was executed. Several members of the country's parliament were also arrested in the affair.