A group of Vietnam war veterans, calling itself the "Vietnam Veterans against the war", has camped in a park within sight of the Washington monument in the U.
GV War veterans and girl-friends gathered in Washington park
CU Ex-Marine officer Brownie Carson speaking (SOUND ON FILM)
SV Group sit on ground
CU Air Force flash on shoulder and medals on chest of veteran (3 shots)
SV Veterans and girlfriends
CU Veteran holds out dried human ears cut off Vietcong (SOF)
SV Group singing anti-war songs SINGING CONTINUES TO END
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): EX-MARINE: "Nixon's just trying to take Vietnam away from the Vietnam people. And I guess it's time for the people who've been there, who've seen the crude fashion we're trying to do it, to come down and tell the American people we think it's wrong."
REPORTER: "Did you cut any ears or fingers off?"
ANOTHER VETERAN: "I cut ears off, yes. It was policy. It was a body count -- you didn't bring in a body from the field, you brought in an ear. And that the way it was up in our corner. The Vietcong were really cleared up."
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Background: A group of Vietnam war veterans, calling itself the "Vietnam Veterans against the war", has camped in a park within sight of the Washington monument in the U.S. capital.
They were the advance guard of thousands of Vietnam veterans who have been converging on Washington for the start of a series of antiwar demonstrations which may last weeks. Another organisation preparing an anti-Vietnam war demonstration outside the White House is the National Peace Action Coalition.
The demonstrations are expected to attract more attention than usual in the United States after the recent controversy over the William Calley trial verdict.
Two of the war-veterans made statements to an American NBC reporter. The second had two dried human ears in his possession, which he said had been cut off Vietcong.
SYNOPSIS: Vietnam war veterans camped in a Washington park spoke out against the Vietnam war on Sunday:
These war-veterans were making their contribution to the series of demonstrations against the Vietnam War due to take place in Washington in the next few weeks. One of them paraded two dried human ears he said had been cut off a dead Vietcong.
A number of peace organisations will be joining the veterans in their demonstrations in the next few weeks One of them, the National Peace Action Coalition, has obtained formal permission to march round the White House, and a rally outside Congress has also been sanctioned.