Students from universities in Brussels took to the streets today (Sunday) to protest against the American involvement in Vietnam.
Students from universities in Brussels took to the streets today (Sunday) to protest against the American involvement in Vietnam. Last week students and police clashed in three days of rioting during which some 170 people were hurt.
The massive demonstration began peacefully this morning. Some four thousand people carrying banners calling on the United States to end its military presence in Vietnam marched through the streets of Brussels. Many carried American flags on which they had drawn slogans and cartoons of President Nixon.
Police stood by and allowed the demonstration to proceed unhindered.
But trouble and fighting broke out when about 600 students invaded a Brussels railway station and stoned a NATO documents depot. Windows were smashed by the demonstrators who crashed through a police cordon to enter the station. Riot police were called in and fighting broke out. A number were injured. This weekend has seen a number of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in Europe. One of the largest was in London yesterday.