Demonstrations against the United States involvement in Vietnam were staged around the world on Saturday (January 20) to coincide with the Inauguration in Washington of President Richard Nixon for his second term as United States President.
Demonstrations against the United States involvement in Vietnam were staged around the world on Saturday (January 20) to coincide with the Inauguration in Washington of President Richard Nixon for his second term as United States President. Thousands of protestors took part in demonstrations in London, Dortmund, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Paris.
More than fourteen thousand marched through the streets of Dortmund in West Germany, chanting slogans against President Nixon and U.S. involvement in Indochina.
In central Paris a police van and several private cars were set alight by rioting demonstrators who were prevented from reaching the U.S. Embassy by police. There were violent clashes in several parts of the city.
In Stockholm, the North Vietnamese Ambassador to Sweden, Nguyen Huu Ngo took part in a demonstration by about three thousand people.
SYNOPSIS: This demonstration in London's Trafalgar Square was one of dozens held around the world on Saturday to protest against Untied States involvement in Indochina. They marched from the central London square to the U.S. Embassy.
The marchers continued their protest in the evening by torchlight. The worldwide demonstrations were timed to coincide with the inauguration of President Nixon in Washington.
In Stockholm, Sweden, about three thousand protesters assembled in the city square. Similar demonstrations were held in Gothenburg, Lund and other Swedish towns.
The North Vietnamese Ambassador to Sweden, Nugyen Huu Ngo, took part in the stockholm protest. The city-centre rally was arranged by the Stockholm Committee for Vietnam and National Liberation Front Support Groups. Police reported no incidents.
Two and a half thousand more demonstrated at the Hague in Holland. They marched through the streets to the United States embassy which was ringed by police.
Four people were arrested after clashes between police and demonstrators.
Leaflets were not all that was thrown at the Embassy. Two windows were cracked and the building was spattered with animal blood. Demonstrators threw stones and carried banners condemning the U.S. and Dutch support of Saigon.
In the industrial city of Dortmund in West Germany's Ruhr, more than fourteen thousand marched through the streets chanting slogans condemning President Nixon as a criminal and calling for an end to U.S. involvement in Indochina. During the march and later at a rally, protesters demanded peace in Vietnam, and West German diplomatic recognition of North Vietnam.
Hundreds of police supervised the march but no arrests or major incidents were reported. Demonstrations were also held in other West German centres.
Paris saw incidents in several parts of the city, many of them violent. Here, protesters attempted to march to the United States Embassy in the Place de la Concorde. They were met by a strong force of police and turned back. Many of them later regrouped in Paris' main shopping district where there were violent clashes with armed riot police.