Thousands of demonstrators took part in protests throughout the United States yesterday (Wednesday May 5) on the first anniversary of the memorable student riots at Kent State and Jackson universities in which some students were shot dead by National Guardsmen.
SV Following shot of demonstrators
MV Demonstrators up steps of Capitol Building
GV Demonstrators waving North Vietnamese flag
CU Back view pull out on naked man
GV Police marching past
GV Capitol Building
ECU Bela Abzug speaking
SV Raised fists of demonstrators
CU Girl PULL OUT TO GV Folk singers
SVs Students listening
CU Peace armband
SV Ditto trying to block traffic
TS Police on horseback
TS Protestors & police milling around - 'cherry' bomb fired
SV Demonstrators blowing bubbles
CU Sticker on window "Another Business For War"
GV PAN Street
SVs Police make arrests (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators marching down street
SVs Ditto down street
MV Demonstrators an road, car brushas past
SVs Demonstrators being arrested (3 shots)
HOLD SOUND UNDER. Anti-Vietnam war demonstrators held protest rallies throughout the United States on Wednesday. On-the-spot reporters in the major cities take up the story. First, Washington....
TRANSCRIPT: "They struck Capitol Hill from a mile below....two thousand of them led by veterans against the war in Vietnam. About half of them went to the steps of the House of Representatives -- it was a sight never seen before on Capitol Hill. Four Congressmen talked to them. One was Bella Abzug of New York......."
"In the Chicago area what demonstrations were held were small and orderly. In the suburb of Evensten, North of Chicago, most of the marchers appeared to be high school students. At the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, a rally was only sparsely attended. This evening, peace groups holding rallies and demonstrations around the City came together in the Chicago Civic Centre to demand the immediate withdrawal of all American troops from South East Asia, and an end to the draft".
"In San Francisco, there was a couple of thousand demonstrators. A few tried to block traffic here and there. Police did not permit it.....a cherry bomb....At noon, the demonstrators went to the Bank of America. The purpose, they said, was to disrupt the financial district. There was some disruption, as people in nearby offices watched what was going on, but police did not let it go beyond that. They made many arrests, and, as a disruption, the rally was not effective".
"In Seattle, an estimated fifteen hundred war demonstrators marched through the downtown area this afternoon. A large number of tactical squad police officers kept close watch, and stayed with the crowd each step of the way. The demonstrators moved from hotels to business offices."
"In Denver this morning, a demonstration was supposed to shut down a Federal Government building complex. Police and National guard troops were alerted, but few were needed -- because few demonstrators showed up.....only about seventy five, and they didn't take it very seriously".
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Background: Thousands of demonstrators took part in protests throughout the United States yesterday (Wednesday May 5) on the first anniversary of the memorable student riots at Kent State and Jackson universities in which some students were shot dead by National Guardsmen. Wednesday's protest -- aimed against U.S.involvement in the Vietnam war -- were closely watched by police, and arrests were made in several cities. This film records the protests in several centres, and is accompanied by voice-over-film commentaries by on-the-spot reporters. For translation purposes a transcript of these commentaries is included on this page.