In the United Kingdom, almost a quarter of a million people converged on London on June 6 to reassert their commitment to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
HYDE PARK, LONDON, UK: GV Crowd of CND demonstrators/SV huge CND banner reading: 'Protest and survive'. (2 SHOTS)
SV Women wearing nuclear survival suits.
SV/CU People carrying mock-up of cruise missile. (2 SHOTS)
CU, SV/GV Demonstrators carrying banners. (3 SHOTS)
CU Labour Member of Parliament Tony Benn speaking.
WEST GERMANY: GV Pro-Reagan demonstrators carrying banners. (5 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: BENN: (SEQ 5) "This is without doubt the biggest peace demonstration we've ever held in Britain, and they've been going for 20 years so far. We see it very much as part of an international peace movement. We know that in America to-day, in the Rose Bowl, there's a comparable demonstration, and half a million out in Tokyo the other day. There are peace meetings and demonstrations going on up and down the country, and, as the movement grows, we strengthen each other. And I think that it really does amount to a voice that cannot be ignored, of people saying to their governments 'We sill not accept nuclear retirement, we will not accept nuclear war'."
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Background: In the United Kingdom, almost a quarter of a million people converged on London on June 6 to reassert their commitment to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Demonstrators set off from three different assembly points and marched to Hyde Park, where they heard speakers from Britain, the United States' plan to deploy nuclear cruise missiles in Europe - call for a nuclear-free zone. Labour Member of Parliament, Tony Benn, advocated European support for the United Nations as world leaders prepared to attend the second UN Special Session on Disarmament in New York on June 7. The leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Arthur Scargill, recommended of a campaign of civil disobedience against the threat of what he called "total annihilation". The British rally was in sharp contrast to the June 5 rallies in West Germany, where more than 100,000 people demonstrated their support for President Reagan, who was touring Europe's capitals. In Bonn, the mainly middle-aged demonstrators carried banners proclaiming "Thank you USA for 37 years of freedom", and Christian-Democrat opposition leader, Helmut Kohl, said "without the United States and its readiness to defend our freedom, this rally of free citizens in a free land would not be possible".