Vice President Hubert Humphrey of the United States drove through cheering crowds in West Berlin today (Thursday) while students handed around leaflets accusing the police of "exaggeration" over yesterday's reported student plot to assassinate him.
Mr. Humphrey and officials surrounded by police at airport; police with walkie-talkie sets; Mr. Humphrey addressing the City Parliament (SOF).
"It is our hope that the Iron Curtain may one day, too, lie in ruins, its remnants a symbol of a time that, mercifully has ended. A great act in the human drama lies at hand. Through peaceful engagement in Europe, we - and by 'we' I mean all of us - have a chance to shape a commonwealth of progress, dedicated not to war and violence but to peace and progress. Berlin is a city that is very much alive. Berlin is a city that is moving forward. And Berlin will always be - for all history -- a great city. And, my friends, if we stand together one day Berlin will once more be the capital -- and the proud and glorious capital -- of a re-united Germany, in a safe and peaceful world. Thank you."
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Background: Vice President Hubert Humphrey of the United States drove through cheering crowds in West Berlin today (Thursday) while students handed around leaflets accusing the police of "exaggeration" over yesterday's reported student plot to assassinate him. As a result of the discovery of the alleged plot, heavy security precautions were in force when Mr. Humphrey arrived at West Berlin's Tempelhof Airport earlier today.
Mr Humphrey arrived in West Berlin from Bonn, the West German capital, and he was greeted at the airport by officials and a mixed Guard of Honour made up of American, British and French military units and a West Berlin Police detachment. He received a 19-gun salute.
Later, at the City Hall, Mr. Humphrey brought a message of goodwill from President Johnson of the United States to the City Parliament, which was meeting today for the first time since the West German general elections on the 12th of last month. Mr. Humphrey said...
Leaflets handed out by students in West Berlin today claimed that the "bombs" confiscated by the police -- who arrested 11 students last night on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack on Mr Humphrey -- were in reality only smoke-bombs, intended to be used to ridicule Mr. Humphrey's visit. The Vice President will be in West Berlin for 20 hours as part of his tour of European capitals for President Johnson.