Women demonstrators protesting against United States involvement in the Vietnam war battled with police outside the White House in Washington yesterday (Wednesday).
Women carrying coffin bearing slogan; scenes outside Selective Service Headquarters; women march past White House; police struggling with demonstrators; women sitting down and refusing to get up. (NATURAL SOUND).
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Background: Women demonstrators protesting against United States involvement in the Vietnam war battled with police outside the White House in Washington yesterday (Wednesday). Several of the women were arrested.
About 500 placard-carrying members of the Women's Strike for Peace organisation first marched in front of the Selective Service Headquarters carrying placards and a large black coffin. They came from as far away as the State of California, and one woman had just returned from a visit to Hanoi, the North Vietnamese capital.
The clash with the police came when the women tried to march in front of the White House in defiance of an order limiting the number of pickets there to 100. About 20 policemen on duty there turned away all but 100 of the women, but the rest then charged the police lines. At least one woman claimed to have been clubbed on the head by the police, who pushed the demonstrators back.
Afterwards, about 70 women sat down cross-legged on East Executive Street running alongside the White House and blocked traffic for about 35 minutes. They dispersed when police threatened to gaol them for obstructing the traffic.