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Background: Many nations and leaders congratulated the Soviets today. President Johnson sent a message and included a call for joint efforts to establish world peace. Even China sent a message, but Peking newspapers bitterly attacked the Soviet leadership. At the United Nations, a brief demonstration interrupted tributes to the Soviet Union. About a dozen people in a gallery unfurled hostile banners and shouted "Down with the Russian Government." And, in Ottawa, chanting immigrants tossed stones and bottles of red paint at the Soviet embassy. Guests, including most of the diplomatic corps and members of parliament were booed:
Jeers and taunts were hurled in the faces of guests as they tried to enter the embassy. The minister for external affairs, Mr. Martin, arrived as orders went out for police reinforcements. He was booed and a demonstrator broke a sign over the hood of his car. The demonstration was staged by immigrants from the satellite states of Eastern Europe. The crowd set fire to a symbolic coffin and a red flag. Police arrested at least three people. Shouting anti-Communist slogans, the crowd littered the embassy lawn with leaflets. There were about 350 demonstrators Ukrainians and Ltvians sang national songs proclaiming their fight against oppression.