A tribute was paid to the late American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King,?
A tribute was paid to the late American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, on Monday (5 February) at a peace conference in East Berlin. Speakers said the memory of Dr. King as a fighter for freedom lived on around the world. At the closing session, delegates appealed for an end to the East-West arms race, and unanimously criticised China.
SYNOPSIS: It is almost eleven years since Dr. King was assassinated in Atlanta, Georgia, after having played a leading role in the nation's civil rights movements. A United States delegate, Mr. Leon Halls, recalled the appeals for moderation Dr. King had made to America's black population. Delegates from more than one hundred countries attended the four-day conference. The convenor, the World Peace Council, is a communist-dominated organisation, but delegates also included other political groupings and religious organisations.
The conference said the five nuclear powers -- the United States, Soviet Union, Britain, France and China -- should begin immediate talks towards eliminating all atomic weapons. The resolution demanded that the United States should stop development of the neutron bomb, which kills by radiation without the destructive blast of other nuclear weapons. The resolution on China attacked her for refusing to join in disarmament talks and condemned what it called Peking's support for "the most especially in Chile, Iran and South Africa."