Students and others throughout the United States began a series of protest demonstrations against American involvement in Vietnam on Friday (15 October).
Students and others throughout the United States began a series of protest demonstrations against American involvement in Vietnam on Friday (15 October). The first of these protests took place the night before in the Los Angeles area at the Claremont Colleges. It was overshadowed by a larger demonstration staged by students in favour of the Vietnam fighting.
A joint student-faculty committee staged the anti-war torchlight parade, beginning on one of the six campuses of the Claremont Colleges and terminating a hour or so later at another. The students carried signs as well as torches, the signs reading; "Love, not War", "There must be alternatives", "End the Fighting", and so on.
A group backing the United States actions in Vietnam staged a bigger and more enthusiastic counter demonstration. The marchers, who carried American flags and signs, urged the bombing of Hanoi.
There were several hundred students involved in both marches - which were entirely orderly. When it was all over, the local police chief is reported to have commended the students for the orderliness of their demonstrations.