Hundreds of demonstrators, led by members of India's ruling Congress Party, marched to the United States Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday (19 April) to demand an end to United States bombing of North Vietnam.
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Background: Hundreds of demonstrators, led by members of India's ruling Congress Party, marched to the United States Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday (19 April) to demand an end to United States bombing of North Vietnam.
Leading the demonstrators was Mr. Shashi Bhushan - a member of Parliament from Delhi.
At the embassy, a deputation handed in a letter addressed to President Nixon. This made three demands: -
1. An immediate end to the United States bombings in Vietnam.
2. An end to what the document describes as the "U.S. sabotage" of the Paris Peace talks.
3. The full acceptance by the United States of the seven-point peace proposals put forward by Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam (the political wing of the Viet Cong).
SYNOPSIS: A demonstration in New Delhi on Tuesday against the United States bombing of North Vietnam. The march was headed by members of Mrs. Gandhi's ruling Congress Party. Marchers carried banners condemning what they see as the "criminal bombings" of North Vietnam.
The demonstrators were confronted by a large force of police when they reached the offices of the United States Embassy. Despite a lot of noise - there was no violence, and the police were able to keep the crowd back from the building. The demonstrators claimed to represent various political parties, trade unions, peace organisations and women's youth and student's movements.
A deputation from the marchers carried a letter addressed to President Nixon. The document accused the United States leader of bearing the heaviest responsibility for the escalation of the war. The letter pays tribute to what the demonstrators sea as the "heroic liberation fighters" of South Vietnam - and tells President Nixon that no armadas of death and destruction can defeat them.