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    Grosvenor Square riots - police clash with anti-Vietnam War protesters in London.

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    No title. Anti-Vietnam demonstration ends in chaos, Grosvenor Square, London.

    L/S crowds assembled in Trafalgar Square for Anti-Vietnam War demonstration. Various shots posters and banners. M/S students in crowd. Various C/Us actress Vanessa Redgrave walking in crowd. M/S North Vietnamese flags being waved by demonstrators. L/S the Square with smoke rising from smoke bomb. The march, headed by Vanessa Redgrave and political activist Tariq Ali, leaves the Square. C/U girl carrying placard. Various shots march going up Charing Cross Road. L/S group of German students in procession with banner, they start to run.

    C/U street sign: "Grosvenor Square". L/S American Embassy, pan to line of policemen. M/S line of policemen. The march reaches Grosvenor Square, many demonstrators wear white headbands. L/S line of police as the demonstrators go past. The police try to hold back the crowd. Various shots scuffles breaking out between protesters and police. Mounted police try to force the crowd back. Demonstrator carried away by policemen. The crowd forces it's way through into the gardens. More demonstrators under arrest are carried away by policemen. The crowd run across the gardens as police try to stop them. C/U demonstrator running away from policeman, he is caught and held by group of policemen. Smoke bomb lands in front of mounted police, pan to police holding back crowd. More shots policemen fighting with demonstrators, policemen kick demonstrator lying on ground. Mounted police in amongst crowd. C/U demonstrator on ground. Mounted police holding back the crowd in the gardens. L/S ditto, as one demonstrator is pulled through the hedge by policeman. Policemen viscously kicking demonstrator on ground. C/U ditto. C/U injured policeman being carried away by colleagues. C/U injured girl demonstrator being tended by policeman. C/U as injured police inspector is carried away on stretcher. Another injured policeman is carried away by colleagues. C/U placard lying in the mud: "Let Us Voice Our Opinions". Pan to L/S Of the crowd now being controlled by police.

    For search purposes: Grosvenor Square riots.

    Cataloguer's note: commentary very biased in favour of police - in contrast with the actual footage showing shocking examples of police brutality.

    Stephen Hawking actually appears in this clip, though only his head is visible in the crowd at the 34 second mark.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:46:00 / 01:27:05:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Notice who was kicking whom in the kidneys? Over and over again? In safety?

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