• Short Summary

    An American "Easter March for Peace" - a demonstration against the continuance of nuclear bomb tests and for total disarmament - ended in New York April 1 with a rally of 3,500 campaigners in the Plaza at United Nations headquarters.

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    An American "Easter March for Peace" - a demonstration against the continuance of nuclear bomb tests and for total disarmament - ended in New York April 1 with a rally of 3,500 campaigners in the Plaza at United Nations headquarters.

    The majority of the demonstrators - many of them college and high school students - had marched several miles to the rally, waving placards and toy balloons and singing folk songs to the music of guitars, mandolins and banjos. They shouted: "One, two, three, four, we don't want another war; five, six, seven, eight, why don't we negotiate?" and "Ban the bomb".

    A great crowd assembled in the Plaza where leaders of the movement - the 'New York Council for a Sane Nuclear Policy' - read out letters of praise for their undertaking from various well known personalities. They included Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr Albert Schweitzer, Mr Walter P. Reuther, the Labour leader; and Governor Meyner of New Jersey.

    One speaker, a member of New York City Council, was cheered for urging that America abandon its opposition to the admission of Communist China to the United Nations.

    Some contingents had marched from such distant places as Kittery in Maine (340 miles), and seven people walked all the 113 miles from McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey.

    Passing through Times Square on their way to the rally, the paraders has passed 25 Quakers maintaining the silent vigil outside an army recruiting centre that they had kept since March 31 despite bad weather.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40RQN9YQCAG5IHG5ARZD7KDYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA40RQN9YQCAG5IHG5ARZD7KDYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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