GENEVASoviet officials defended the Kremlin’s policy in Afghanistan Saturday as 10,000 protesters marched through downtown Geneva demanding that the Russians take their troops home.

Some organizations from the Hare Krishna to Women for peace threw the city’s shopping district into a state of gridlock.

The peace marchers were critical of both sides, but the Soviet presence in Afghanistan received

the most attention.

At a news conference, Soviet experts defended Moscow’s policies in Afghanistan, Nicaragua and other trouble spots certain to be on the agenda when President Reagan meets Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev Tuesday and Wednesday.

But the Soviets called off without explanation a scheduled news conference at which they were to have defended Moscow’s record on human rights.

Article extracted from this publication >>  November 22, 1985