The general strike in India's north-east state of Assam ended peacefully on Tuesday (30 December).
GV Stranded trucks at petrol station, PAN TO truck passing down road
GV ZOOM TO Ferries by river bank
GV Palasbari town street scene
SV Closed up shop fronts and deserted street (3 shots)
GV Fishermen with nets in Pali area (3 shots)
SV Cricket match, PULL OUT TO GV
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Background: The general strike in India's north-east state of Assam ended peacefully on Tuesday (30 December). The strike action was part of a 15-month long campaign against illegal immigrants, mainly from neighbouring Bangladesh, during which more than 260 people were killed.
SYNOPSIS: The strike virtually closed down Assam province. Petrol stations were shut, stranding cars and trucks. There were few vehicles on the roads.
River ferries were out of action, and rail and air services were disrupted.
Shops and offices closed turning centres like Palasbari into ghost towns.
The strike was called in protest at alleged police brutality when protesters staged sit-down demonstrations outside government offices in Assam. There is widespread support for the protest among government workers. They too joined the strike, closing government offices.
But for some, life went on as usual. In Pali, fishermen went about their business in the muddy fields seemingly oblivious to the effects of the strike. The Indian government now says it is ready to re-open negotiations on the immigration issue.
And for some at least, the general strike provided a chance to relax.