INTRODUCTION: In the Indian capital of Delhi, street marches have been held in protest at recent racial clashes in Britain.
GVs High Commission with British flag, (2 SHOTS)
GV Police guarding building.
GV Demonstrators chanting. (3 SHOTS)
GV Placard reading "Down with Thatcher".
GV Demonstrators lying on ground chanting.
GV PAN Cameramen TO police pulling demonstrators away. (4 SHOTS)
SV High Commission.
GV Police on guard.
GV PAN Janata Party demonstration. (2 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators holding placards surrounded by police. (2 SHOTS)
GV Leader of Janata group ( in centre).
GV Police armed with rifles.
GV Leader presents statement to member of UK High Commission.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the Indian capital of Delhi, street marches have been held in protest at recent racial clashes in Britain. Demonstrators called for the British Government to take urgent steps to protect the safety of Asians there. The protests followed a series of riots and racial attack in British cities over the previous nine days.
SYNOPSIS: The offices of the British High Commission in Delhi provided a target for the marchers. There was heavy police security to prevent them from entering the building. The first demonstration was organised by the Indian Youth Congress, the junior branch of the ruling party. Their protest was noisy.
The demonstrators said Asians in Britain were living in terror. The police, they said, gave little protection against racist attacks.
The protests came after riots broke out in several British cities. In many cases, police and ethnic leaders denied race was the cause. But the riot in the largely Asian suburb of Southall in West London is seen as an exception; it started when white skinheads attacked Asian shopkeepers. Elsewhere, three Pakistanis died in an allegedly racist arson attack.
After the demonstration was over the police remained on guard. Before lang a second march arrived, This was organised by the Janata Party. Janata ruled India from 1977 to 1979, and is now the main opposition group. In a letter to the British High Commission, Janata said failure to prevent racial attacks would harm relations between Britain and India.
The demonstration was led by Madhu Dhanvante, former Minister of Railways. After he had made his protest to the High Commission staff, the demonstration ended peacefully.