INTRODUCTION More than five-hundred Afghan refugees and Indian students demonstrated outside the Soviet Embassy on Monday (27 April) -- the third anniversary of Communist rule in Afghanistan.
GV EXTERIOR Group marching along road with banners and chanting. (2 SHOTS)
SV Women marching and chanting.
SV Banner 'Shoot the Russian Dogs'.
SV Anti-Soviet banner.
GV Police cordon around Soviet Embassy and flag flying. (2 SHOTS)
GV Marchers near police lines.
SV Demonstrators waving arms and chanting. (3 SHOTS)
SV People with banners 'Long Live Afghanistan'; 'Down with Brezhnev'. (2 SHOTS)
SV Soviet flag burning as demonstrators wave arms and chant. (2 SHOTS)
SV Burning flag and people waving arms. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION More than five-hundred Afghan refugees and Indian students demonstrated outside the Soviet Embassy on Monday (27 April) -- the third anniversary of Communist rule in Afghanistan. The demonstration co-incided with the arrival of Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov, Chief of General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces. He was on a four-day official visit to India and visited several defence installations in the country. India recently signed a 1.6 billion dollar arms deal with the Soviet Union which included new MIG-23 jets and T-72 tanks.
SYNOPSIS: The refugees were joined by Indian students. Men, women and children marched to the embassy in the Indian capital's diplomatic enclave. They had a number of banners carrying slogans such as "Russians Quit Afghanistan" and "Death To Brezhnev". Marshal Ogarkov left the Embassy by a side gate during the demonstration.
More than 200 riot control police stood at the ready during an hour of speeches. Demonstrators shouted "Murderers Get Out", and "God is Great".
Afghanistan Social Democrat Party official Amin Wakman called on the Afghan Army, police, workers, farmers, students and shopkeepers to renew their struggle against Soviet forces. He attacked the Reagan administration for lifting the food grain embargo on the Soviet which, he said, would allow Russia to continue the "brutal suppression of the Afghan people".
He applauded Egypt and Saudi Arabia for breaking diplomatic relations with President Babrak Karmal and appealed to other countries to isolate the Soviet regime in Afghanistan.
Shouting "Death to Russia", the demonstrations burned a photograph of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and a Soviet flag. After the noisy demonstration the refugees and students dispersed peacefully.