A petition against the Vietnam war signed by 900 U.S. servicemen stationed in Britain was?
A petition against the Vietnam war signed by 900 U.S. servicemen stationed in Britain was handed in at the United States Embassy in London on Monday.
It was taken to the Embassy by about 100 U.S. servicemen in civilian clothes, who were allowed inside the building in small groups. It is illegal for U.S. servicemen to hold mass marches in foreign countries.
Later in nearby Hyde Park, the servicemen attended a pop concert in support of the demonstration. British actress Vannessa Redgrave and American actress Mia Farrow took part in a satirical sketch, watched by Bank Holiday crowds.
SYNOPSIS: The American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London. About a hundred U.S. servicemen in civilian clothes went there on Monday, a public holiday in Britain, to protest against the war in Vietnam.
The demonstrators wore head and armbands with the clenched fist sign of their peace movement stencilled on them. The only clue that they were servicemen was that their hair was shorter than it might have been otherwise.
The demonstrators were allowed into the Embassy in small groups, to hand in a petition against the Vietnam war signed, they said, by 900 American servicemen stationed in Britain.
Only groups of five were allowed, marshalled by London Police, since it is illegal for U.S. servicemen to hold mass marches in foreign countries.
One of the demonstrators said afterwards the petitioners were supported by some of the younger officers who were opposed to the war. At his base, he also said, some of the petitions had been confiscated.
Later in support of the demonstrators there was a pop-concert in near-by Hyde Park, attended by the servicemen.
It included a satirical sketch by British actress Vannessa Redgrave, and American actress Mia Farrow.
The scene must have puzzled Londoners and tourists basking in the holiday sunshine, and unaware of the Embassy protest beforehand.