Hundreds of Canadians protesting against the United States intervention in Cambodia poured across the border near Vancouver yesterday (Sunday) and "invaded" the small town of Blaine - some 100 miles (160 kilometres) North of Seattle, in the States of Washington.
MV Demonstrators through border point
GV Students running down hill - and into town (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators tearing down US flag
MV Demonstrators fighting
GV Demonstrators move on
MV & GV Demonstrators fighting with themselves & police(6 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of Canadians protesting against the United States intervention in Cambodia poured across the border near Vancouver yesterday (Sunday) and "invaded" the small town of Blaine - some 100 miles (160 kilometres) North of Seattle, in the States of Washington. The demonstration, staged to coincide with the mass anti-war rally being held in Washington, lasted just over three hours and three arrests were made during several violent skirmishes with townspeople and police before the "invaders" returned across the border.
The demonstrators - carrying anti-war banners and shouting slogans which included "Now you know what its like to be invaded" - had planned to penetrate 22 miles (35 kilometres) into the US, the distance that President Nixon said US troops would be allowed to penetrate into Cambodia. But Blaine is only one mile from the border.
Although leaders of the march attempted to avoid trouble, tension was high and violent fighting broke out after a US flag was ripped down by the demonstrators.
State police were brought in to reinforce the town's four-man police force - and, after several chases and fights, one policeman was reported injured and three arrests were made. Damage was initially estimated at some 48,000 dollars (20,000 pounds sterling).