Several thousand people demonstrated in Paris yesterday (Thursday, 26 November) against the resumption of United States bombing raids on North Vietnam.
Several thousand people demonstrated in Paris yesterday (Thursday, 26 November) against the resumption of United States bombing raids on North Vietnam. The demonstrators marched from the Place de la Republique to the Bastille. They were noisy but peaceful.
The protest was in response to a call by 40 French Left-wing organisations, including the Communist Party. It was inspired by the raids by about 250 United States bombers on North Vietnam last weekend. The attacks were in retaliation for the shooting down of an unarmed American Phantom reconnaissance aircraft over North Vietnam on November 13.
The Pentagon says the raids were against military targets but the North Vietnamese claim that some of the American servicemen whom they are holding as prisoners were injured in the attacks.
Concern has been expressed that the raids might prove a further obstacle for the Vietnam peace talks in Paris. United States sources say that progress at these negotiations is so slow that the raids could not make it any worse.