District of Columbia riot police, using tear gas, broke up an attempted march by 2000 demonstrators on the South Vietnamese Embassy last night (14 Nov) after a day of peaceful activities by antiwar protestors.
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Background: District of Columbia riot police, using tear gas, broke up an attempted march by 2000 demonstrators on the South Vietnamese Embassy last night (14 Nov) after a day of peaceful activities by antiwar protestors.
The New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, which organized the major events of the weekend, said the demonstrators were not connected with their organization and the committee reaffix its commitment to legal and non-violent demonstrations.
Policemen in riot gear fired volley after volley of tear gas into the demonstrators' ranks. About 50 store windows were broken and 40 police cruisers were damaged by hurled rocks.
At least 20 demonstrators were arrested in the confrontation and seven policemen were injured, none seriously.
Last night's troubles stemmed from a rally in DuPont Circle of the Revolutionary Contingent in Support of the Vietnamese People, a coalition of 30 action-minded groups, including the November Action Committee, the Yippies, the Crazies and the major factions of the Students for a Democratic Society.