In India, opposition parties organised a demonstration on Tuesday (11 March) to protest rising prices, as Parliament opened its budget session.
SV Demonstrators with placards and flags marching down street in Delhi
MV Demonstrators marching through street (2 shots)
SV Crowd at rally
MCU Mr. Amrit Sinha (member of Communist Party Politburo) speaking to crowd
GVs & CU Crowd listening (4 shots)
GV Sinha continues address
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Background: In India, opposition parties organised a demonstration on Tuesday (11 March) to protest rising prices, as Parliament opened its budget session. The demonstrators marched through New Delhi to the Boat Club carrying banners and party flags.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration was organised by a coalition of opposition parties to focus on various economic issues as the Indian parliament began debating the proposed budget. They claim that prices of staple items continue to rise and that many essential goods are scarce. They also complained about what they said was a deterioration in law and order and the continuing plight of the Harijans or "untouchables". They accused Mrs. Indira Gandhi's administration of ignoring all these issues to concentrate on staying in power.
Literature distributed at the demonstration said that essential staples like sugar, and edible oils are in short supply. Kerosene, coal and cement are apparently also hard to find.
The protestors were addressed by Mr. Amrit Sinha, a member of the Communist Party Politburo. He and the other organisers also lodged a protest against the recent dissolution of nine State Assemblies calling it an anti-democratic action. They also raised questions about corruption in the police force.
The action took place as New Delhi hosted the most recent session of the Regional Ministerial Conference of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (F.A.O.).