Twelve masked youths held a demonstration Sunday (August 6) at a Hudson River pier in New York City to protest the war in Viet Nam.
Twelve masked youths held a demonstration Sunday (August 6) at a Hudson River pier in New York City to protest the war in Viet Nam. The occasion was the visit to New York of the United States Navy destroyer Newman K. Perry, recently returned from Viet Nam. The demonstrators were arrested after trying to board the ship against the orders of its captain.
The demonstrators were also commemorating the 22nd anniversary of Hiroshima. They rang bells, which they called "memory jogs" to remind on-lookers of the purpose of their demonstration.
The ship was open to public inspection, but the demonstrators were not allowed aboard. The youths tried to force their way onto the ship, but the way was barred by sailors who locked arms. The demonstrators then decided to stage a "sit-down" on the gangway to prevent others from going on and off the ship. Police moved in to arrest them. The demonstrators were carried away by stretcher and dumped urgently into waiting police vans. The demonstrators, 10 men and two women, were charged with violating a state law which forbids masquerading in groups larger than three.