A wave of student protests against the fighting in Vietnam broke out across the United States and elsewhere on Friday (15 Oct).
A wave of student protests against the fighting in Vietnam broke out across the United States and elsewhere on Friday (15 Oct). Early Friday, students in Chicago staged a rally and a march.
Students at Chicago's Roosevelt University walked on a picket line outside the campus, carrying signs urging an end to the Vietnam fighting. A minor scuffle was reported between pickets and police with no arrests being made. At the University of Chicago, students held a mass rally indoors in a University building, then marched towards downtown Chicago.
The two groups of students, reinforced by others, planned to march to downtown Chicago to demonstrate at the Chicago Induction Center, A form of civil disobedience was planned and authorities said they expected the students to attempt to get themselves arrested. The Induction Center is the place to which young men in the Chicago area report when they are summoned for military duty. It houses the draft (conscription) boards physical examination centers and the like.
(The wave of student protests began Thursday night with a torchlight procession at Claremont College near Los Angeles and picketing by students in the Chicago area of Maxwell Taylor, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam. They were expected to continue through the weekend.)