San Diego, California--where the authorities are preparing for the Republican Party's National Convention due to open on August 21st.
SV Student arriving San Diego.
SV Student with girl on motorbike
MS More students arrive by van and pushbike (2 shots)
MS Three students on doorstep
MLS & MSV Youths gathering (3 shots)
CU City official interviewed (3 shots)
SOUND STARTS: "I'd like to..."
SOUND ENDS: "...comes along."
SCU & MS Police train with vatons
GV Police psychology class
AERIAL V Proposed camping area (3 shots)
CU Map of camping area PAN TO coalition member
SV Other members
CU'S Montage of 'Expose confront' posters and coalition members
MV ZOOM OUT TO GV August Project Centre
MVs People inside (2 shots)
GV Unconventional Centres
MS & SCU Mavourneen O'Connor, interior of Centre
CU ??? will
SCU ???itte at desk
CU & MLS Man decorating Centre (3 shots)
SV Writing on wall
SV Students on beach
GV Couples relax on beach
TRANSCRIPT: "Thousands of young itinerants flock to San Diego every year... lured by the climate, the beaches and the Mexican border just a few miles away. But this spring the traffic is heavier than usual. By Convention time a hundred thousand activists or more are expected. They have announced plans to stage demonstrations. San Diego is preparing to take care of them....and hoping that the demonstrations can be kept under control."
BOB MILLER. PRESIDENT OF THE OCEAN TOWN BEACH COUNCIL:
"I'd like to see more emphasis placed on the delegates--their rights and their...or...able to come to San Diego in a peaceful atmosphere and conduct their business."
INTERVIEWER: "Are you afraid of what might happen this summer here?"
MILLER: "Not personally...not so much for our people here...because I have the feeling that our local officials, our law enforcement people, are going to be able to keep anything under control that comes along."
"The San Diego Police Force has begun special training in riot control, including classes in baton handling. There are other classes in psychology...and ways to avoid or avert confrontations......"
The city plans to make a camping area available to the activists. The most likely site is just to the north of the sports arena, where the convention will be held. Much of the area is marshlands. Police say they can control crowds here easily. Dissident groups have banded together to form the San Diego Coalition...and the Coalition has announced plans for a mass demonstration on the first day of the convention. Another group, the Community Congress of San Diego, has set up a centre called the 'August Project'...to help with housing, transportation, and medical facilities. The churches in San Diego also have joined forces to help dissidents throughout the city. Another meeting-place will be something called the Unconventional Centre. It's a warehouse near the actual Convention Center...where Mavourneen O'connor, twin sister of a San Diego council woman, is setting up a communication centre. Her project is financed by a local bank. Space will be available to sixty-five different organisations so that young people, arriving in town, can find out where to go. Even though the Republican Convention is four months away, about one hundred young people are arriving here already."
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Background: San Diego, California--where the authorities are preparing for the Republican Party's National Convention due to open on August 21st.
The hundreds of students pouring into the city planning to join big demonstrations during the Convention have sparked off fears of riots similar to those of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, when demonstrators fought bloody battles with police.
An N.B.C. team filmed the students and preparations on various dates in the city. The film includes an interview with a City Councillor, and is accompanied by a commentary throughout. We provide a transcript of the commentary and interview below. with an alternative commentary overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: San Diego in California is visited every year by thousands of students and other young people attracted by the climate and beaches. This year there are more than ever, and they are arriving at the rate of one hundred every day. For in August the United States Republican party is holding its Convention here, and local people fear that the students will spark off riots.
Police receive riot control training, but to avoid charges of police brutality that followed the bloody riots of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, classes teach them how to avoid confrontations.
The authorities plan to provide a camping-ground for the students. In this marshy land to the north of the Convention area, police say they can be easily controlled.
Dissident groups have banded together to form the San Diego Coalition--and the Coalition has announced plans for a mass demonstration on the first day of the Convention.
Another group--the Community Congress of San Diego--has set up a centre called the 'August Project' to help with housing, transportation and medical facilities.
Many churches throughout San Diego will also be thrown open to the young people as housing.
In a warehouse near the actual Convention Centre, another meeting-place called the Unconventional Centre is being set up by Mavourneen O'Connor, twin sister of a San Diego Council woman. Space will be available to sixty-five different organisations so that the young people arriving in town will know where to go.
By the time the Convention begins in August, a hundred thousand students are expected.