About two hundred Afghan students studying in India staged a protest demonstration against the government of their country on Thursday (5 July).
About two hundred Afghan students studying in India staged a protest demonstration against the government of their country on Thursday (5 July). They marched on the Afghan embassy in New Delhi, calling for an end to what they called the violation of human rights by the left-wing government of Moor Mohammed Tarakki.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration was sponsored by the Islamic Association of Patriotic Afghan Students in India. As well as accusing the Afghanistan government of repression, they were protesting against alleged interference in their country by the Soviet Union. The ruling Khalaq party came to power in Afghanistan after a bloody coup in 1977, and now no other political parties are allowed to function there. The Soviet Union was the first country to recognise President Tarakki's government and the two countries have signed several co-operation and aid agreements.
A student leader shouted slogans such as "down with tyranny", "down with the K.G.B.", and "stop genocide". The Afghan demonstrators took up his chants.
The demonstration was a peaceful one. However, the police had dispatched reinforcements -- including mounted police -- to the embassy in case of any incident.
The students alleged that Afghan Embassy officials armed with guns had been intimidating them, to try and make them join Afghanistan's ruling party. However, an embassy official denied this, and said the demonstrators belonged to feudal families who had refused to accept the changed in their country.