About one thousand people, the majority of them members of the Indian Communist Party took part in a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday to protest against American action in Cambodia.
SV Effigy of Nixon PAN TO anti-U.S. banners
GV & MV Menon with demonstrators
GV U.S.I.S. building
CU Sign "U.S. Information Service Building"
GV Police line
MV U.S. Official talks to demonstrators' leaders.
GV Demonstrators burn Nixon effigy (4 shots)
MV Woman speaks through loudhailer PAN TO demonstration (2 shots)
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Background: About one thousand people, the majority of them members of the Indian Communist Party took part in a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday to protest against American action in Cambodia. The protestors carried an effigy of President Nixon which was filled with fire crackers and set alight.
The protest march coincided with the Indian Communist Party's celebration of the 80th birthday of North Vietnam's former leader, Ho Chi Minh.
The demonstrators heard speeches from Party leaders during which the American position in Indo China was attacked and a call made for an immediate withdrawal of United States forces from the area.
Among the prominent Indian politicians taking a leading part was Mr. Krishna Menon, Indian Defence Minister from 1957 to 1962.
Then the demonstrators marched on the United States' Information Services Offices in New Delhi. Several hundred riot police stood by to control the crowd if the situation got out of hand.
A United States official from the U.S.I.S., who walked out of the building to accept a protest note from the demonstrators' leaders, was struck in the face by a raw egg.
But it was the only incident in a noisy but non-violent demonstration.