President Johnson arrived in the Filipino capital, Manila, on Sunday for the seven-nation Vietnam summit conference.
President Johnson arrived in the Filipino capital, Manila, on Sunday for the seven-nation Vietnam summit conference. The United States President and Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson received a warm welcome at the air and from crowds lining the route into the city. But that night there was the first of several demonstrations by students outside the President's hotel.
The President and Mrs. Johnson flew to Manila in their special aircraft from Townsville - the last stop-over in their Australian tour. They were greeted by President Marcos of the Philippines and Mrs. Imelda Marcos.
One of the President and Mrs. Marcos' daughters garlanded President Johnson with flowers and gave him a big kiss on the cheek.
Others in the welcoming party included the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Dean Rusk, the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, and the U.S. Commander in Vietnam, General William Westmoreland.
President Johnson rode with his Secretary of State in the special presidential car, which still showed scratches and dents from the Australian tour, from the airport to the city.
Thousands of Filipinos waved flags and shouted "mabuhay" (welcome) and motorcycle police in yellow vests had to clear a passage for the car to inch its way through the crowd.
That night about 30 youths and girls marched slowly outside President Johnson's hotel carrying posters attacking the President and the Vietnam conflict.
Police at first stood back, then suddenly threw a cordon around the demonstrators and tried to hustle some of them off.
Shouting "Fascist puppets, we are fighting for our rights," the students fell back and clung to a low fence.
Finally the police pounced on them and began hurling them bodily into a patrol wagon. Thirty-one students were arrested.
(At the Manila conference today (Tuesday), the nations supporting South Vietnam agreed to withdraw their forces within six months if North Vietnam pulled back its troops, halted infiltration and reduced the level of violence. This formula for peace was in the conference's final communique.)