• Short Summary

    As the new academic year begins in United States' Universities authorities are taking elaborate precautions against possible violent demonstrations and bomb attacks.

  • Description

    As the new academic year begins in United States' Universities authorities are taking elaborate precautions against possible violent demonstrations and bomb attacks.

    Stanford is one of the Universities that has stepped up security arrangements with floodlights at night and patrols by armed guards. These unprecedented steps have followed criticism of Universities as out-dated, authoritarian, and irrelevant by radical students and educationalist. At Stanford a complex control centre co-ordinates the operation.

    The uneasy atmosphere in many United States Universities stems from a growing tension between left-wing campus groups including the Black Panthers, and college Administrations. recently student strikes, sit-ins, and confrontations between students and authority have become commonplace. At least six students dies last year after shooting incidents with police forces. The death of two students at one Southern Campus led to a Presidential panel describing the killings by police officers as completely unjustified and unwarranted.

    Berkeley University, traditionally a radical campus, has also constructed a security control centre. Campus police there are trying out a gun that fires a bean bag to stun demonstrators as a possible anti-riot weapon.

    At Santa Barbara, authorities have bought bomb-disposal equipment to counter attack against property. This activity is known as "trashing" and is usually directed at business firms which radicals say are exploiting students or involved in the Vietnam war. A fortress-like branch of a bank to resist bomb attacks replaces one burned down last year.

    One campus computer centre has had a security wall built to protect employees. Santa Barbara has already had 118 bomb threats this year, 94 against the library.

    The traditional image of United States Universities as tranquil halls of learning has been shattered. Authorities are faced with the choice of increasing security measures or closing down campuses. until some of the underlying tensions in American society, particularly the Vietnam war with the conscription of young men, are resolved, observers believe the demonstrations and attacks against University property will continue.

    SYNOPSIS: United States' University authorities are taking elaborate precautions against possible violence. Floodlights have been installed at Stanford University and armed guards patrol at night.

    A complex control room co-ordinates the operation. As the academic year starts, authorities are taking no chances.

    Berkeley University, traditionally a radical campus, also has a security centre.

    Campus police here are trying out a gun that fires a bean bag to stun demonstrators as a possible anti-riot weapon. In recent years student demonstrations, strikes, and sit-ins have become commonplace.

    At Santa Barbara, authorities have bought bomb-disposal equipment to counter attacks against property. This activity is known as "trashing" and is often directed at business firms which radicals say are exploiting students or involved in the Vietnam war.

    A fortress-like branch of a bank replaces one burned down last year.

    The campus computer centre has had a security wall built to protect employees. There's already ben 118 bomb threats this year. 94 against the library.

    The image of United States Universities as tranquil halls of learning has been shattered. More than six students were killed by police last year. Until underlying tensions in American society, particularly the Vietnam war and conscription, are resolved, observers believe the demonstrations and attacks will continue.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9TEBL3QQWL140INC5KMIM93YV
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TEBL3QQWL140INC5KMIM93YV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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