A group of anti-war demonstrators marched through Dublin on Sunday (4 October) to the American Embassy, conducted a mock trial of President Nixon for what they claimed were his war crimes, and finally burned him in effigy.
GV Anti Vietnam demonstration parade.
GV Demonstrators ( 3 shots)
SV Demonstrators carrying black draped coffin ( 2 shots)
GV Parade through streets with banners ( 3 shots)
TV Burning effigy outside building surrounded by crowds and police (4 shots)
LV President Nixon with Bruce and others walking in gardens ( 3 shots)
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Background: A group of anti-war demonstrators marched through Dublin on Sunday (4 October) to the American Embassy, conducted a mock trial of President Nixon for what they claimed were his war crimes, and finally burned him in effigy.
Meanwhile the President was conferring in Limerick with his top advisers on the Indo-China war, and was reported to feel that there was little chance of an early breakthrough in the deadlocked peace talks.
The anti-war demonstrators tried to invade the American Embassy after their march through Dublin, breaking through the police cordon round it.
But they were grabbed by police before they reached its front doors.
Otherwise the protest parade was peaceful as about 1000 demonstrators marched three miles (five kilometres) through Dublin's streets, waving anti-war placards and Vietcong flags, and chanting "Victory for the VC".
They carried a black-draped coffin under a banner proclaiming "Mourn For The Dead Children of Vietnam".
The demonstration, organised by the "Irish Voice On Vietnam" organisation, and supported by several left-wing groups, ended with a concert of anti-war songs.
President Nixon brought Mr. David Bruce, his chief Vietnam negotiator, from Paris to Limerick to review developments at the Paris peace talks, and review the overall military situation in Indo-China. They met at Kilfrush House, the Georgian Mansion near where Mr. Nixon is staying during his visit to Ireland.
Also at the Discussions were Secretary of State William Rogers, Dr. Henry Kissinger, the President's adviser on security affairs, and Mr. Philip Habib, Mr. Bruce's deputy.
Although the talks produced no new immediate move on the peace talks, the President's Irish host Mr. John Mulcahy later said that Mr. Nixon would soon make "a very important announcement that the rest of the world has been waiting for."
Mr. Mulcahy would not give any indication of the nature of the announcement, only that it would be made "within the week".