• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S "HIPPIES" EMERGED IN THOUSANDS TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR THEIR FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION. THEY URGED LONDONERS?

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S "HIPPIES" EMERGED IN THOUSANDS TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR THEIR FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION. THEY URGED LONDONERS TO MAKE MORE LOVE, EXPAND THEIR MINDS WITH DRUGS, AND SUPPORT A CAMPAIGN TO LEGALISE THE POSSESSION AND USE OF MARIJUANA.

    IN BIZARRE DRESS RANGING FROM SACKCLOTH TO FUR COATS, THEY EMBRACED PASSERS-BY, SHOUTED "BE HAPPY, MAKE LOVE" AND TOLD SOMBRE POLICEMEN "WE EVEN LOVE YOU."
    AFTER WANDERING THROUGH LONDON STREETS WAFTING INCENSE AND SCATTERING FLOWER PETALS THE HIPPIES GATHERED IN HYDE PARK NEAR SPEAKERS' CORNER AND HELD WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS A "BE-IN." THIS WAS A RALLY TITLED "LEGALIZE POT 1967" AND THE INVITATION WAS TO ALL HIPPIES AND FLOWER CHILDREN. POT IS SLANG FOR MARIJUANA. THESE ARE TERMS USED BY DEVOTEES OF MIND-EXPANDING DRUGS IN CALIFORNIA U.S.A. MANY OF SAN FRANCISCO'S HIPPIES FREQUENT THE HAIGHT-ASHBURBY DISTRICT WHERE BALLET DANCERS DAME MARGOT FONTEYN AND RUDOLF NUREYEV WERE ARRESTED AT A PARTY LAST WEEK.

    THE AMERICAN POET ALLEN GINSBERG ATTENDED THE RALLY. HE MADE A BRIEF ORATION AND THEN LED AN INDIAN BUDDHIST CHANT. THIS LASTED FOR ONLY A FEW MOMENTS BEFORE POLICE STEPPED IN AND SAID THE LOCAL LAWS FORBADE SINGING IN HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S PARKS.

    BRIGHTLY PAINTED DANCERS WERE THEN TO ENTERTAIN THE CROWD, BUT ABANDONED THEIR ACT WHEN POLICE INTERVENED BECAUSE MUSIC WAS ALSO PROHIBITED.

    SEVERAL SPEAKERS ADDRESSED THE HIPPIES. ONE ADVOCATE OF MARIJUANA SAID.....

    THE HIPPIES SOON BROKE UP AND WENT OFF TO CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE FLOWER POWER MESSAGE THROUGH LONDON. ONE BANNER SUMMED UP THEIR PHILOSOPHY: "THERE IS NO CURE FOR BIRTH OR DEATH - SAVE TO ENJOY THE INTERVAL."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4VBBCIHXV3PAUXMT6OX9OS8XI
    Media URN:
    VLVA4VBBCIHXV3PAUXMT6OX9OS8XI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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