The Afghanistan government has celebrated the second anniversary of Marxist rule with a parade in the capital, Kabul.
GV PAN Troops on parade and band plays at Kabul Stadium, Afghanistan
GV Official party in grandstand (2 shots)
SV Guests applaud
SV New Afghan flag flying with two others
SV Soldiers march past
SV President Karmal waving from platform
SV Guests watch as troops march past (2 shots)
CU AND SV Tanks roll past (2 shots)
LV Official party watch parade
SV Demonstration of civilians march through street watched by ??? party, marchers include in women in national ??? (3 shots)
SV March-past by workers carrying spades; dancers, workers and women waving flags (3 shots)
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Background: The Afghanistan government has celebrated the second anniversary of Marxist rule with a parade in the capital, Kabul. The present government is the third since the Communist Party of Afghanistan staged a coup in April 1978 during which the then president, Sardar Mohammed Daoud and members of his family were killed.
SYNOPSIS: Afghan troops featured in the parade. Many of their colleagues are on active services in the provinces against guerrillas who are opposed to the Kabul government.
Representatives from nearly twenty countries were in the official party, and among them were the secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, Mikhail Zimyanin, and Afghanistan's Defence Minister Major General Rafi.
The Kabul government has given a high priority to its attempts to gain international acceptance and to reduce the level of opposition in the countryside. The regime's opponents either leave the country or have established armed resistance, mainly under Moslem leadership.
The Soviet Union assists. These BMP-1 armoured personnel carriers are fast, manoeuvrable and well armed. They are made in the Soviet Union ??? regarded as among ???he ??? ??? type available. But the resistance to the government of President Babrak Karmal continues, and neighbouring Pakistan is host to many refugees who have fled across the border.
The demonstration by workers in Kabul showed a degree of popular support for the government, which has moved to end several of the measures, introduced by former Marxist governments, that Moslem leaders found unacceptable.