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    JULLUNDUR, PUNJAB & NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Thousands of Sikhs -- both in the Punjab and elsewhere -- on June 17 joined nationwide prayers of protest against the army's storming of the golden Temple in Amritsar.

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    JULLUNDUR, JUNE 17 (JAGDISH KAPOOR/NBC)
    1. GV & SVs Sikhs demonstrating. (3 SHOTS) 0.17
    2. SVs INTERIOR Demonstrators at prayer in temple. (2 SHOTS) 0.34
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 (SURINDER KAPOOR)
    3. GV Main Sikh temple. 0.41
    4. SVs INTERIOR Sikhs at prayer in temple. (3 SHOTS) 1.10
    5. GVs Police standing by Sikhs demonstrate.(3 SHOTS) 1.26
    NBC
    6. SVs Police standing by a Sikhs demonstrate. (4 SHOTS) 1.26
    (SURINDER KAPOOR)
    7. GVs Replica of Indian flag being burned as sikhs demonstrate. (3 SHOTS) 1.58
    8. CUs Posters supporting Sikhs against the government. (2 SHOTS) 2.10
    NBC
    9. CU President of India, Zail Singh, speaking. (Hindi SOT) 2.25
    JUNE 18 (BBC "PANORAMA")
    10. SV & CU Mrs Gandhi speaking.. (English SOT) 3.08
    TRANSCRIPT: MRS GANDHI; (SEQ 10) "I must make it clear this is not a government versus Sikh problem or a Hindu sikh problem. The government, at no time have we been against the Sikhs in any way or the Sikh religion, nor was this action taken against the temple. It was taken merely against the group of people who were taking shelter there and using it as a football for all kinds of anti-national, anti-social, anti-religious activities, I would say. So I think the temple was really desecrated by them."
    InitialsCC/JRS


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    Background: JULLUNDUR, PUNJAB & NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Thousands of Sikhs -- both in the Punjab and elsewhere -- on June 17 joined nationwide prayers of protest against the army's storming of the golden Temple in Amritsar. The Sikh Akali Dal party called for the day of prayer to commemorate those who died in the bloodbath. Over 900 Sikh extremists, including their leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and 84 soldiers were killed when troops over-ran the temple complex. Security forces were on the alert, and President Zail Singh made an impassioned appeal for national unity. Armed police cordoned off the main Sikh shrines in New Delhi, but there was no violence as several hundreds Sikhs, many wearing black mourning turbans, gathered for special prayers. At one point, sikhs burned a replica of the Indian flag and effigy of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. President Zail Singh, himself a Sikh, made an emotional speech on television explaining the background of the storming of the Golden Temple. He said the government had reluctantly sent in security forces because extremists had taken over Sikh shrines. He appealed to Indians to maintain the country's unity and integrity saying "my agony is all the more because I am the representative of the whole nation". In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on June 18, Mrs Gandhi stressed her government had at no time been against the Sikhs in any way. She said the storming of the temple had been carried out against a minority which was in the process of carrying out anti--national and anti-religious activities. In an earlier interview on australian and Canadian radio, Mrs Gandhi appealed to foreign governments not to aid Sikh separatist groups in their countries. She said every responsible person in Punjab, even the leadership of the main Sikh akali Dal party, had openly and clearly declared they were not for separatism.

    Source: REUTERS - JAGDISH KAPOOR/SURINDER KAPOOR/NBC/BBC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7S0XH16FSC109L52U2HT5WB6L
    Media URN:
    VLVA7S0XH16FSC109L52U2HT5WB6L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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