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    Some workers in the Soviet Union left their jobs on Monday (April 17) to hold protest meetings against the latest U.

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    Some workers in the Soviet Union left their jobs on Monday (April 17) to hold protest meetings against the latest U.S. air raids over North Vietnam.

    At one knitwars factory in Moscow, workers, mostly women, held an afternoon rally at which a resolution--condemning the extension of U.S. bombing to areas around Hanoi and Haiphong--was passed unanimously.

    The new bombing has also brought a sharp round of protest from the Soviet government and press. The Soviet Union has claimed that four of its merchant ships were hit in Sunday's raid on the port of Haiphong.

    U.S. Ambassador Jacob Beam was summoned to the Soviet Foreign Ministry on Monday where he was handed an official protest note. Mr. Beam said the United States regretted any damage done to Soviet Ships in Haiphong, but told the Soviets that they shared responsibility for the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam.

    The Soviet condemnation of the U.S. air action comes only weeks before U.S. President Richard Nixon's trip to Moscow next month.

    SYNOPSIS: The extension of U.S. bombing raids to the Hanoi and Haiphong areas of North Vietnam led to protest demonstrations by Soviet workers on Monday. At this knitware factory in Moscow, workers--mostly women--left their jobs to hold an afternoon rally attacking the U.S. action.

    The Soviet news agency, Tass, said there were other meetings throughout the country. At this rally, speakers from the factory's ranks called the new bombings a further U.S. atrocity. No mention was made, however, of the North Vietnamese offensive in South Vietnam. The new bombing has also sharpened official reaction. The Soviet government has protested to the U.S. that four of its merchant ships were damaged in the raid on Haiphong.

    At this rally, a resolution condemning the extension of the bombing was unanimously passed with a show of hands vote.

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