Small groups of demonstrators tussled with police at a 3,000-strong rally held on Sunday in heavy rain in London's Trafalgar Square.
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Background: Small groups of demonstrators tussled with police at a 3,000-strong rally held on Sunday in heavy rain in London's Trafalgar Square.
The rally, called by the recently-formed Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, urged the British Government to give a moral lead in the world by ending the use of nuclear weapons.
Cordons of police held back a big crowd outside the official residence of Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Macmillan. There was some surge as the police opened a way through the cordon to allow a three-man deputation, headed by Canon L.J. Collins, chairman of the Campaign and a prominent London churchman, to visit the Prime Minister's residence, Number Ten, Downing Street.
The deputation handed in a letter saying that Britain's possession of nuclear weapons was morally wrong and politically inexpedient and that the Campaign rejected the policy of the deterrent.
The Campaign is an association of people drawn from all political groups and walks of life - from students to Churchmen, housewives to City typists, bank clerks to workers.
The Campaigners also delivered to Buckingham Palace a copy of the letter, for the Queen's perusal, with the declaration that she should be accurately informed about the concern of the British people about the nuclear peril.