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.
GV Marchers assembling at 181 Street near George Washington Bridge.
CU Slogan 'Stop Atomic Tests Act for Peace'.
GV Marchers and banner reading 'Ban Bomb'.
CU PAN.. from placard 'Give the Unborn a Chance' to man holding baby.
GTV PAN OVER.. marchers and banners.
GV Marchers set off and C/U banner 'No More Hiroshimas'.
SV Marchers along street.
SV Marchers with banners reading 'Security through World Disarmament' and 'March for Peace'.
CU Placard 'Security through Worlds Disarmament' pan to man holding bomb.
GV Marchers cross Broadway.
GV Marchers arrive at United Nations Building.
SV TWO SHOTS..Marchers gather around U.N. Building
GTV Mass crowd behind police barrier singing.
SV AND CU..ditto.
CU'S FIVE SHOTS..people singing.
SCU AND CU..French contingent singing.
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Background: 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.