About 300 longshoremen (dockers) demonstrated against Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, in New York on Wednesday (June 10).
About 300 longshoremen (dockers) demonstrated against Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, in New York on Wednesday (June 10). They were protesting against his country's attitude towards American involvement in the Indo-China war.
The Longshoremen carried American flags and placards urging people not to buy Swedish products, in particular Volvo and Saab cars.
The Police confined the demonstrators behind police barriers two blocks away from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel where Mr. Palme was addressing members of the Foreign Policy Association.
The demonstrators were protesting against the giving of asylum, by Sweden, to American deserters and draft-evaders; and also for aid sent to North Vietnam. In his address, Mr. Palme noted that Swedish law gives the right to asylum to deserters and draft-evaders from all countries, and that his country has given aid to both North and South Vietnam.
Mr. Palme was heckled by longshoremen earlier in his visit when he received an honorary degree from Kenyan College Ohio. The Longshoremen have refused to unload Volvo and Saab cars at some U.S. ports during Mr. Palme's nine-day private visit.
The Swedish Prime Minister met wives of American prisoners-of-war in Washington on June 8. He told them he would do everything he could to obtain information about their husbands.