• Short Summary

    Folk-singing fans and police turns Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York, into an 8-acre wrestling ring in a battle over a ban on impromptu folk-singing.

  • Description

    Folk-singing fans and police turns Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York, into an 8-acre wrestling ring in a battle over a ban on impromptu folk-singing.

    When the tumult and the shouting died after about three hours, 10 demonstrators - including novelist Harold L. Humes - were under arrest and several nursed assorted scratches and bruises. One policeman suffered a bitten hand. He said a dog did it. Nine of the 10 arrested were released on ball on charges of holding a demonstration in the park without a permit. Five of them also were tagged with an additional charge of disorderly conduct. The tenth defendent, Louis Pagliaroli, remained in a cell on charges of felonious assault on a policeman and of interfering with an arrest.

    The demonstrators showed up at the park at 2 p.m. protesting a ruling by Parks Commissioner Newbold Morris against Sunday Afternoon musicals there. The get-togethers are a tradition that Villagers have kept alive for almost two decades. But Morris says activities of the itinerant musicians make it impossible to turn the park into an attractive area.

    Demonstrators vaulted past the denim-clad police, took up a position in the empty fountain in the centre of the park and began singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and other songs. Police kept a respectful distance from the placard-carrying, chanting group until several began to strum the guitars, banjos and zithers they carried. Then the police moved in.

    Humes, thrashing with his arms, was one of the first to go - shouting that he was "against any police suppression of the arts." Film shows him behind the police vehicles grill.

    At the height of the battle, police estimated, several hundred persons actually were taking part with a thousand watching from a safe distance.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABXDOYYWNK6OMPD7VNR9R69V6Q
    Media URN:
    VLVABXDOYYWNK6OMPD7VNR9R69V6Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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