Dacca has witnessed continuing demonstrations, against United States involvement and bombing in Vietnam, during the past week.
LV Demonstrators along road
SV Ditto shouting & carrying covered body of dead student
SV EXT. US Library
SV Wreath placed on shrine
LV Student's relatives mourning
SV Crowd round shrine & on library roof
LV NLF flag hoisted over library
SV Crowd shouting
SV Nixon effigy paraded (2 shots)
LV Demonstrators on roof set fire to effigy
LV Soldiers watch
GV Flaming effigy from roof to ground
Initials SGM/0352 SGM/0343
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Background: Dacca has witnessed continuing demonstrations, against United States involvement and bombing in Vietnam, during the past week. Most of the demonstrators have been members of student and political organisations. As the result of a clash with police on New Year's Day... during which two people were killed and six seriously injured by police gunfire....there have been several strikes in the capital and clashes between rival factions as demonstrations have continued. The police had opened fire after a petrol bomb was hurled into the Untied States Information Services library building. Dheikh Mujib Rahmen, the Bangladesh Prime Minister, ordered an immediate enquiry into the shooting incident. On Wednesday (3 Jan) student demonstrators, watched carefully by security police, paraded through the streets of Dacca to the United States Information Service building once again...this time bearing aloft an effigy of President Nixon, which was later burnt, and the covered body of one of their number killed in an earlier incident.
SYNOPSIS: For the past week Dacca, the Bangladesh capital, has witnessed continuing demonstrations of protest against United States involvement and bombing in Vietnam. Most of the demonstrators have been students and members of political organisations.
The demonstrations gathered momentum in the New Year after security police opened fire on a crowd protesting outside the library building of the United States Information Service. Two demonstrators were killed and six seriously injured.
On Wednesday, friends and relatives of those killed earlier in the week, placed wreaths on a roadside shrine. The police have said they opened fire on demonstrators after a petrol bomb had been thrown into the United States library premises. Sheikh Mujib Rahman, the Bangladesh Prime Minister, ordered an urgent enquiry into the incident. After hoisting a Liberation Front flag to the masthead of the flagpole at the United States Information Service building, on Wednesday, the demonstrators paraded an effigy of President Nixon.
Students, who had earlier clambered onto the roof of the library premises, suspended the effigy of the American President high above the street, and set fire to it.