Newsreel rushes - 1970s 6
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Summary: A demonstration by the Khalq at which a PDPA leader addresses the crowd.
Footage Source: DVCAM tape transfer
A PDPA demonstration.This was shot in 1979 approximately. Posters of Taraki indicate that this is the Khalq faction of the PDPA.
PDPA (People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan), a communist party, had two factions-Khalq and Parcham. Nur Muhammed Taraki and Hafizullah Amin were leaders of the Khalq faction. Then Babrak Karmal, a leader of the Parcham faction took over in 1980. Najibullah, who succeeded Karmal was the last President of Communist Afghanistan until the Mujahideen overthrew them in 1992. There were no huge differences between the two factions. Their struggle took on different forms but their goal was similar.
A lot of people went to these demonstrations out of fear. Few actually supported the PDPA. Except for the party members, no one was happy to be there.
Because Mr. Hussaini (a cameraman at Afghan Films) had to go record the President, the Party workers asked him to become a member of the Communist party. When he refused, he was forbidden to travel with the party leaders.
The Minster of Information and Culture would send orders to Afgan Films on what demonstrations and meetings they needed to shoot.
Engineer Latif: They were very happy when they came into power. Very happy! Everybody was laughing.
Nur Muhammad Taraki