Seventy-five civil rights demonstrators were arrested on Saturday during a series of sit-in demonstrators in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Seventy-five civil rights demonstrators were arrested on Saturday during a series of sit-in demonstrators in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ten of the demonstrators were slightly injured during a scuffle.
The demonstrations were organised by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in a school de-segregation dispute. The NAACP is critical of the Chester School Board's policy of referring all school segregation complaints to the Chester Human Relations Commission, which has been charged by the NAACP with failing to take action.
Catching the police by surprise, marchers with placards appeared in downtown Chester. They sat down at an intersection and began singing, jamming up the downtown area which was filled with Easter shoppers. Scuffling broke out as police tried to remove the demonstrators. Two similar outbreaks occurred later at other downtown intersections. The seventy-five arrests filled the city's jails to overflowing, and some of the demonstrators had to be taken to the Chester Armoury.