• Short Summary

    PRO-VIET CONG DEMONSTRATORS CLASHED WITH POLICE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY).?

  • Description

    PRO-VIET CONG DEMONSTRATORS CLASHED WITH POLICE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY). THE DEMONSTRATORS--AN EXTREMIST BREAKAWAY ELEMENT FROM WHAT HAD BEEN BILLED AS LONDON'S "GREAT VIETNAM MARCH"--HURLED BANNER-STAVES, BOTTLES AND FIREWORKS AT THE POLICE.

    APART FROM THE SCENES IN GROSVENOR SQUARE TODAY'S DEMONSTRATION IN GENERAL WENT OFF PEACEFULLY. POLICE SAY THAT BETWEEN 20,000 AND 30,000--FEWER THAN PREDICTED--TOOK PART. THIRTY-FOUR PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND AMONG THE INJURED WERE FIVE POLICEMEN.

    ALL MORNING STUDENTS HAD BEEN POURING INTO LONDON TO JOIN THE PROTEST MARCH. ANOTHER 2,000 HAD SPENT THE NIGHT AT THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, TAKEN OVER BY THE STUDENTS AS A BASE FOR THE DEMONSTRATION.

    THE MARCH, DUE TO START AT 2.00 P.M. (GMT), WAS EIGHT MINUTES LATE IN SETTING OFF ON THE FIVE-MILE (8 KMS) ROUTE TO HYDE PARK. AT ITS HEAD WAS PAKISTAN-BORN TARIQ ALI, ONE OF THE MAIN ORGANISERS.

    ALONG THE ROUTE WAS AUSTRALIA HOUSE. HERE DEMONSTRATORS BURNED AN AUSTRALIAN FLAG, CHEERING AND YELLING "AUSTRALIANS OUT OF VIETNAM".

    IT WAS IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE THAT THE EXTREMISTS BROKE AWAY FROM THE MAIN BODY OF THE MARCH AS ORGANISERS TRIED HARD TO KEEP THE DEMONSTRATORS TOGETHER FOR THE NEXT STAGE DOWN INTO WHITEHALL WHERE WREATHS FROM THE CENOTAPH, THE WAR DEAD MEMORIAL, WERE TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT AND THE UNION JACK BURNT.

    THE EMBASSY DEMONSTRATORS, ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN 2,000 AND 3,000, WERE LED BY THE MAOIST BRITISH-VIETNAM SOLIDARITY FRONT. REPEATEDLY THEY LINKED ARMS AND CHARGED THE POLICE CORDON WHICH ONCE ALMOST BROKE BUT WAS BACKED UP BY MOUNTED POLICE WHO FORMED THE REAR LINE OF DEFENCE.

    ONE OF THE BIGGEST HAZARDS CAME FROM FIREWORKS WHICH THE DEMONSTRATORS LET OFF NEAR THE POLICE CORDON AND SOMETIMES AMONG THE MOUNTED UNITS.

    GRADUALLY, HOWEVER, THE SQUARE WAS CLEARED OF DEMONSTRATORS. EARLIER THE MAIN MARCH HAD ENDED AS IT BEGAN--PEACEFULLY. BUT AT THE RALLY IN HYDE PARK THE MARCHERS WERE TOLD BY SPEAKERS: "THIS IS NOT THE END. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN."
    AND TONIGHT POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN EXPLOSION WHICH DAMAGED THE MEMORIAL TO THE LATE AMERICAN PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AT RUNNYMEDE IN SURREY. THEY SAID THEY DID NOT KNOW IF THE EXPLOSION WAS CONNECTED WITH THE MARCH. THE MEMORIAL STONE WAS SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE BY THE BLAST AND MAY BE BEYOND REPAIR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12UFSARQNEKKXMMILDYQLS953
    Media URN:
    VLVA12UFSARQNEKKXMMILDYQLS953
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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