Both Washington and Lima went to some pains to prevent the recent outrages and rock throwing incidents against Vice-President Nixon from becoming a sore point in American-Peruvian relations.
T.G.V. Mr.Nixon arriving to lay a wreath at the foot of the Statue of Jose De San Martin.
S.L.V. The wreath being placed in position.
S.T.V. Mr.Nixon before the wreath.
S.V. Banners waving about.
S.V. Mr.Nixon walking to the San Marcos University.
T.V.Pan The surging crowd.
S.V.Pan Mr.Nixon and escort.
T.V. The crowd.
G.V.Int. The students attending Mr.Nixon's lecture.
S.C.U. Mr. Nixon.
S.V. Audience applauding.
Travel Shot.. Past the crowds outside.
S.V.Pan Mr.Nixon and escort.
S.T.V.Pan The crowds.
S.V. Mr.Nixon speaking to reporters.
S.V. Reporters listening.
Initials S-D M.R./P.B.
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Background: Both Washington and Lima went to some pains to prevent the recent outrages and rock throwing incidents against Vice-President Nixon from becoming a sore point in American-Peruvian relations.
President Eisenhower sent a personal message to Mr. Nixon praising him for courage and calmness. But the President also said he was sure most Peruvians deplored the incidents as much as the Americans did.
The Peruvian Government expressed formal regrets. The State Department said such Communist-inspired incidents would not hurt relations between the two countries. The main facts of the case were never indispute. All but the actual rock throwing violence was captured on film.
Vice-President Nixon's stormy second day in Lima, Peru, began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of the status of Jose de San Martin, a hero of Spanish-American independence. An American flag in the floral pattern of this wreath was later desecrated in the anti-United States riots that followed. Among angry crowds, Nixon set out to keep an appointment to debate the students at San Marcos University. He never made it. Two thousand angry students and adults met him at the gates, fist shaking and stone throwing then started.
For four minutes the Vice-President stood his ground. Then he was forced to turn back. He went on the Catholic University, where the reception was warmer and friendly, though some what mixed at times. An improvised debate, to take the place of the proposed one at the San Marcos University, was held. Some questions were pointedly rude and unfriendly. On the way back to his hotel Nixon was again greeted with boos and catcalls.
In contrast to his Lima welcome
On the 11th May Vice-President Nixon again ran into trouble this time at Bogota, Colombia, where people demonstrated against him outside his hotel and at the status of Simon Polivar, another South American here. As the military based played "The Star Spangled Banner" a party in the crowd shouted out "Down with the Yankee Imperialists."