Police clashed with several thousand anti-Nixon demonstrators on Tuesday (Dec 9) as President Nixon received an award at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Police clashed with several thousand anti-Nixon demonstrators on Tuesday (Dec 9) as President Nixon received an award at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The anti-Vietnam demonstrators formed up near the Hotel but police moved them away. In a series of clashes more than 40 demonstrators were arrested, 20 people including eight police were injured, and 10 windows in fashionable Fifth Avenue were smashed.
The demonstrators did not see the President who slipped into the Hotel through a side entrance to attend a dinner given by the National Football Foundation. He was presented with an award as the year's most Accomplished and Distinguished American.
Outside, police moved the demonstrators away from the Hotel and put up barricades. The slogan-chanting demonstrators charged the barricades and suffering broke between and the times became violent. A small crowd of pro-Nixon demonstrators arrived but did not attract much attention.
The anti-Nixon demonstration dwindled to some 2-hundred who then marched more than two blocks to Fifth Avenue with police following. Still chanting anti-Nixon slogans they began to smash windows along the street and police moved in an more arrest.