• Short Summary

    Over 75,000 students and anti-war protestors massed outside the White House in Washington today (Saturday) to make a huge gesture of disapproval to President Nixon at American involvement in Cambodia.

  • Description

    Over 75,000 students and anti-war protestors massed outside the White House in Washington today (Saturday) to make a huge gesture of disapproval to President Nixon at American involvement in Cambodia.

    Although the temperature was over 90 degrees (32 centigrade), the mood of the rally was generally peaceful. The protesters filled the park area at the rear of the White House, known as The Ellipse, within sight of the President's desk. A barricade of buses was drawn up to protect the Presidential residence.

    They listened to speakers who decried the sending of American troops into Cambodia, and denounced the killing of four young students by National Guardsmen during riots at Kent University, Ohio, last Monday.

    There were few clashes with the police, who endeavoured in turn to use as much restraint as possible while dealing with possible trouble-makers.

    Earlier the President himself had set a peaceful and promising atmosphere for the rally by turning up un expectedly at the lincoln Memorial at 5 a.m. this morning to talk for an hour with students, telling them he felt as deeply about the war in South East Asia as they did.

    Above the speakers calling for an end to American involvement in Vietnam and Cambodia could be heard Black Panther leader calling for the release of Bobby Searle, the Black militant now in jail for contempt of court in the Chicago conspiracy trial.

    Leaders of today's rally in Washington said that towards the end of the protest they would try and enter the White House grounds to lay eight coffins on the steps, voices of "the real silent majority".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7CS8HAOA148XDU4IHNHGKOP22
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CS8HAOA148XDU4IHNHGKOP22
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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