• Short Summary

    Twenty-two opposition parties observed a "Day of Mourning" on March 5 in Dhaka as a protest against the military government of Hossain Mohammad Ershad.The opposition was inspired by its success in the March 1 general strike, called to protest local elections.During the strike, two people were killed and at least 200 injured in clashes with police and security forces.The "Day of Mourning" was organised in honour of those who died in the general strike.Opposition parties claimed that the success of the eight-hour stoppage proved that the government has no popular mandate.General Ershad came to power on March 24, 1982, in a military takeover.As part of a move to restore democracy, he called for local elections to be held between the end of December, 1983, and March 24 of this year.Although Ershad originally announced March 24 as the date for presidential elections, he changed the date to May 27 on the eve of the March 1 general strike.Parliamentary elections will also be held on the same day.At the same time Ershad said he would restore free political activity from March 26.Opponents have replied by saying that the elections would create a new power base for Ershad.Students from all six of the country's universities participated in the March 1 and March 5 actions.Opposition spokesmen have declared March 24 as a "black day", and said elections would be held "over our dead bodies".

  • Description

    1.
    GV & SV Crowds marching in streets of Dhaka (2 shots)
    0.18

    2.
    GV Protestors throwing papers from balcony of building as gesture of protest
    0.21

    3.
    GV Protestors, mostly young, listening to speaker (4 shots)
    0.46

    4.
    GV Protestors, all women, marching down street
    1.07

    5.
    GV Women on platform speaking to other women
    1.12

    6.
    GV & SV Groups of men with hands raised in prayer listen to a speaker in background (3 shots)
    1.39




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    Background: Twenty-two opposition parties observed a "Day of Mourning" on March 5 in Dhaka as a protest against the military government of Hossain Mohammad Ershad.The opposition was inspired by its success in the March 1 general strike, called to protest local elections.During the strike, two people were killed and at least 200 injured in clashes with police and security forces.The "Day of Mourning" was organised in honour of those who died in the general strike.Opposition parties claimed that the success of the eight-hour stoppage proved that the government has no popular mandate.General Ershad came to power on March 24, 1982, in a military takeover.As part of a move to restore democracy, he called for local elections to be held between the end of December, 1983, and March 24 of this year.Although Ershad originally announced March 24 as the date for presidential elections, he changed the date to May 27 on the eve of the March 1 general strike.Parliamentary elections will also be held on the same day.At the same time Ershad said he would restore free political activity from March 26.Opponents have replied by saying that the elections would create a new power base for Ershad.Students from all six of the country's universities participated in the March 1 and March 5 actions.Opposition spokesmen have declared March 24 as a "black day", and said elections would be held "over our dead bodies".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAEOH89H2I7F6CLNM4D6ST8FOC
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEOH89H2I7F6CLNM4D6ST8FOC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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