More than 100,000 people throughout Australia took part in demonstrations against the Vietnam war and military conscription on Friday (September 18).
More than 100,000 people throughout Australia took part in demonstrations against the Vietnam war and military conscription on Friday (September 18). In Sydney, at least 110 people were arrested after a police order to disperse was refused.
All of the rallies and demonstrations were under the banner of the "Vietnam Moratorium Campaign". Most police leave in the cities was cancelled and additional policemen brought in from country areas.
In Sydney, the march began peacefully with police dealing quickly with any move by spectators to interfere with the marchers. the police has stopped all traffic and moved slightly ahead of the march.
A warning from the police that the march must disperse or else arrests would be made was met with little movement from the marchers. Police reinforcements were called in from the nearby streets and the demonstrators encircled. Arrests were then made and fighting broke out between the police and the marchers.
At least 110 people were arrested in the Sydney demonstration. While arrests were being made, mounted police were used to keep back other demonstrators. The police tactic was to break up the marchers -- who had linked arms -- into small groups. Several people -- including policemen -- were injured in the scuffles which broke out.
Australia has over 8,000 men engaged in the war in Indo-China.