A demonstration by some 250 homosexuals in New York City, on Sunday ( August 30 ) ended in arrest for 18 people.
A demonstration by some 250 homosexuals in New York City, on Sunday ( August 30 ) ended in arrest for 18 people. The demonstration started peacefully as a rally in the central Times Square section of the city, but after a march south to the Women's House of Detention, the crowd became unruly.
Windows were smashed, rubbish bins were set on fire and a car was overturned before police managed to disperse the crowd. Rocks were thrown at police who were reported to have clubbed demonstrators with nightsticks in return. Police say they do not known how the brawl started, but it was reported that the crowd became furious when several policemen allegedly grabbed one man and started beating him.
Sixteen police and at least two civilians were reported injured.
Before the violence began, Arthur Bell acted as spokesman for the homosexuals: