Thousands of students and other anti-war protestors staged angry demonstrations in various parts of the United States on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 9/10), against President Nixon's decision to blockade North Vietnamese ports.
GV Crowd outside Madison Federal building
SV Police & demonstrators clash on steps of building (4 shots)
GV Cheering crowds in street outside Nixon's campaign headquarters
SV Anti-war sign affixed to window
MV & CU demonstrators arrested (4 shots)
GV Torn down fence in Berkeley
CU Demonstrators pull down fence
MV Police chasing demonstrators
GV Marchers carry banners in Los Angeles
CU Placards (2 shots)
MV Policeman watch
CU Banners (2 shots)
SV Protestors sitting & chanting in street
Madison, Wisconsin, May 10 - demonstrators fighting with police outside Federal building; Chicago, May 10 - cheering crowds seated in street outside Nixon campaign Hq; anti-war sign in window; police making arrests; Berkeley, California, May 9 - demonstrators pulling down fence; police chasing, arresting demonstrators; Los Angeles, California, May 10 - protestors with banners marching to Nixon campaign Hq; sitting and chanting in street.
DANCY: "Today when a few hundred protestors marched outside the Madison Federal building security men tried to push them away. And there was a fight.....
Four people were arrested, and aporadic demonstrations are continuing in Medison.
In Chicago's Loop today demonstrators sat down in the street outside President Nixon's campaign headquarters. Others got inside briefly and hung up an anti-war sign...
After a while police moved in and began arresting the people who were sitting down in the streets. There were some struggles and the crowd freed some of the protestors as police were trying to load them into vans....There have not been any major anti-war disturbances in either Madison or Chicago since the Cambodian invasion and many people had concluded that the anti-war movement was dead. Now it seems it only lacked a cause. John Dancy NBC News, Chicago."
PERKINS: "They ripped down the fence around once-famed People's Park ... Rocks were thrown at police.....Arrests were made by police....The Berkeley City Council declared Friday a day of mourning for what's happening in Vietnam...
"In Los Angeles today though, a coalition of several anti-war groups moved downtown to place their placards directly at Nixon Campaign headquarters.....Police moved them away finally and arrested some. Jack Perkins, NBC News, Los Angeles."
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Background: Thousands of students and other anti-war protestors staged angry demonstrations in various parts of the United States on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 9/10), against President Nixon's decision to blockade North Vietnamese ports.
Demonstrations ranged from uproarious scenes in the public galleries of the House of Representatives in Washington, to street protests in which vehicles were set on fire, shop windows smashed and demonstrators fought with police.
In Madison, Wisconsin, fighting broke out on Wednesday (May 10) when security men tried to push demonstrators away from the Federal building. In Chicago protestors who marched outside the Nixon campaign headquarters clashed with police, and some were arrested.
In Berkeley, California, on Tuesday (May 9) protestors threw rocks through Atomic Energy Commission office windows, ripped down a fence and stoned police. Police made several arrests. In Los Angeles on Wednesday (May 10) demonstrators marched to the Nixon election campaign headquarters and set up their anti-war placards outside.
Elsewhere in California the major airport at Santa Barbara was closed by demonstrators sitting on the runways. Railway lines to Oregon were blocked by people lying on the tracks, and main highway traffic west of Sacramento was held up for hours.
This telerecording carries natural sound throughout, under commentaries voiced by NBC reporters John Dancy and Jack Perkins. An alternative Visnews commentary is also provided overpage.
SYNOPSIS: Anti-war demonstrators in the United States marched, picketed, blockaded and besieged Federal buildings and major traffic centres this week, protesting against the American blockade of North Vietnamese ports. Here in Madison, Wisconsin, fighting broke out when security men tried to push demonstrators away from the Federal Building. Four people were arrested.
In Chicago, demonstrators sat down in the street outside President Nixon's election campaign headquarters. Some got inside and hung up an anti-war sign...
After a while police moved in and started arresting the people sitting in the street. There were some struggles and the crowd freed some of those arrested as police tried to get them into vans... These were the first serious anti-war disturbances in Chicago and Madison since American troops went into Cambodia. Many people had mistakenly concluded that the antiwar movement had died...
In Berkeley, California, rocks were thrown through the windows of the Atomic Energy Commission offices, and at police. The state was the scene of some of the biggest protests - at Santa Barbara demonstrators forced the airport to close, elsewhere railway lines and highways were blocked for many hours.....
In Los Angeles, as in Chicago, demonstrators chose President Nixon's campaign headquarters as the setting for their protest. Across the United States other demonstrators set fire to vehicles, smashed windows and caused other damage ...Many arrests were made.