Several hundred students and members of India's Marxist Community Party marched on the United States' Embassy in New Delhi on Saturday (10 April).
GV & SV People marching towards US Embassy carrying red banners, and flags. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Crowd carrying effigy of President Reagan with swastikas on costume
GV & SV Police guarding embassy, as demonstrators wave banners and chant. (3 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Burning of effigy. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Several hundred students and members of India's Marxist Community Party marched on the United States' Embassy in New Delhi on Saturday (10 April). They were protesting against American involvement in war-torn El Salvador. The U.S. is sending both economic and military aid to the country. The CPM in India has made significant gains in the political life over the last five years, and Saturday's demonstration clearly worried the authorities who had the US Embassy closely guarded. The protesters carried red banners and placards and chanted slogans against the Reagan administration's policies. They also carried an effigy of President Reagan covered with swastikas - which they burnt outside the embassy. In spite of the threat of violence and a heavy police presence, the demonstrators eventually dispersed peacefully.