More than 200 people marched through the New Delhi on Thursday (30 January) to protest over the introduction of a one party system in Bangladesh.
GV Demonstrators along street with banners (2 shots)
GV Police lined-up
SV Demonstrators and police scuffling(2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Banners and troops
GV & CU Sign. High Commission
GV & SCU Petition pinned on High Commission gats (2 shots)
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Background: More than 200 people marched through the New Delhi on Thursday (30 January) to protest over the introduction of a one party system in Bangladesh. The protestors were members of the Bhartiya Lok Dal, a right wing opposition party in India.
The demonstrators marched on the Bangladesh High Commission. They carried banners and chanted slogans against Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who recently announced the one party system with himself as President. A communique issued by the protestors said that Indian and the people of Bangladesh had fought side by side against Pakistan to give freedom from "oppression." Now they were stunned to hear that Pakistan Mujib had given himself dictatorial powers which, according to the communique, was similar to the pattern of Government in the Soviet Union.
The only trouble during the demonstration came as the march neared the Bangladesh High Commission. A line of riot police stood guard and turned the demonstrators back. There were some scuffles, but no one was injured. A small group of protestors was allowed to approach the building and they fixed a copy of their communique to the wall.