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    Over the past week, India has been faced with unrest involving three separate groups...policemen seeking?

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    1.
    GV: demonstrators marching through streets with placards and chanting.
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    2.
    SV: Nepali boys and girls marching and chanting.
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    3.
    SV: man pasting poster on door
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    4.
    CU: women marching and chanting
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    5.
    SV: closed shops with padlocked doors. (5 shots)
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    6.
    SV PAN FROM: local citizens sitting in street TO policeman in doorway
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    7.
    SV: women police walking through streets carrying riot batons, followed by helmeted policemen. (2 shots)
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    8.
    SV: Prime Minister Morarji Desai stepping out of car to be greeted by the governor of West Bengal and other officials.
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    9.
    SV: girl presenting Desai with flowers and women presenting other gifts.
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    DELHI: closed shop in Delhi. (2 shots)
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    11.
    GV: procession of Youth congress clashing with police at entrance to Prime Minister's residence. (2 shots)
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    12.
    SV: demonstrators fighting with police. (2 shots)
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    13.
    SV: police escorting arrested demonstrators onto lorry and protestors waving and chanting abroad vehicle.
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    14.
    GV: lorry leaving with arrested aboard.
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    Background: Over the past week, India has been faced with unrest involving three separate groups...policemen seeking better working conditions; traders in the capital, New Delhi, who are seeking the abolition of a sales tax; and Napalese who want their language to be recognised by the Indian constitution.

    SYNOPSIS: In Darjeeling, the hill station in the foothills of he Himalayas in north eastern India, demonstrators marched through the streets of the city, protesting about the status of their language, Nepalese.

    The demonstration last Monday (28 May) took place a day before a visit to the city by India's Prime Minister, Morarji Desai.

    The following day, hours before the arrival of Mr Desai, all shops, hotels and restaurants closed as part of the protest. The stoppage lasted 12 hours. The action was the first organised by the All India Nepali Language Association, which is seeking to have the language recognised by the country's constitution. India's official languages are Hindi and English...and 16 other regional languages are recognised though not Nepalese.

    A large number of police, some carrying riot batons, patrolled the streets, though there were no reports of any incidents.

    For Mr Desai, who was met by the governor of West Bengal, the demonstration meant that all major public functions were cancelled.

    In New Delhi the same day, shops were also closed. Traders put up shutters, part of a strike in which they were demanding that sales tax laws be abandoned. The ruling Janata party, in its 1977 election manifesto, promised to scrap the tax but there has apparently been no action yet. In a separate demonstration in New Delhi, members of the Youth Congress, opposed to Mrs Indira Gandhi, were involved in minor scuffles with police while they were holding a protest against the ruling Gahnite party and what they see as the deterioration of law and order throughout the country.

    Police arrested over 50 of the demonstrators, who had tried to break through a police cordon. They had been trying to reach the home of the Prime Minister.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABNQSURNLS5YNDX95O57GR3W91
    Media URN:
    VLVABNQSURNLS5YNDX95O57GR3W91
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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