• Short Summary

    The life of nearly 80-million people of the Indian province of West Bengal was brought to a standstill yesterday (Tuesday, 8 December) as a result of a general strike called by the fourteen political parties of the now defunct United Front.

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    SV & CU Youths in leftist demonstration with banners (2 shots)
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    2.
    SV Demonstrators pass troops in lorry
    0.17

    3.
    SV Troops out of lorry
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    4.
    STV Pan demonstrators wearing tricolour Indian Congress flags
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    5.
    GV Groups of demonstrators go in opposite directions - pass each other in street
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    GV & LVs streets deserted during strike
    0.58

    7.
    CUs cows in street
    1.01

    8.
    SV Police stand in deserted street, pedestrians crossing (2 shots)
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    9.
    GV Empty railway lines
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    10.
    GV Pan from Howrah Bridge to trains in railway station
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The life of nearly 80-million people of the Indian province of West Bengal was brought to a standstill yesterday (Tuesday, 8 December) as a result of a general strike called by the fourteen political parties of the now defunct United Front. The strike call came in response to the re-imposition of the West Bengal Violence Act, which give police and security forces widespread powers in dealing with violence and maintaining law and order.

    Almost every normal activity ceased during the twenty four hour stoppage. All transport halted, including the closure of Calcutta's international airport; all shops were shuttered, and many strikers took to the streets to demonstrate.

    Hundreds of police were mobilised to prevent violence. Five people were killed and several injured in violence preceding the strike.

    West Bengal is now under presidential rule. The new powers given to police and security forces are based on similar powers given to security forces during British rule.

    The West Bengal governor has said the measures were introduced to deal with extreme left wing elements whom, West Bengal authorities allege, have been creating situations of violence.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAGISD8V82V7KUP42Q4TFNMDWK
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGISD8V82V7KUP42Q4TFNMDWK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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