Nearly 250,000 anti-Vietnam War demonstrators gathered in Washington today (Saturday), in a mammoth climax to a week of demonstrations and marches held throughout the country protesting against United States intervention in South East Asia.
GV & SCU Demonstrators with banners and chanting march forward (4 shots)
GV Speakers platform - Mrs. M.L. King.
GTV & SV Massed demonstrators before Capitol (5 shots)
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SCU Congressman John Ashbrook speaking and crowd listening.
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TRANSCRIPT: JOHN ASHBROOK (SEQ. 6): "I'd like you to know that this is the very first meeting of this kind on the Capitol lawn. And we would like the whole world to know why we are meeting here - the President of the United states, as you know, who said he was getting elected to end the war, turned out to be very far from the truth. And we are standing on the Capitol steps to appeal to the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate and to say to them 'Under the Constitution you can end the war. Not another dime for this war - stand up and do your Constitutional duty.'"
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Background: Nearly 250,000 anti-Vietnam War demonstrators gathered in Washington today (Saturday), in a mammoth climax to a week of demonstrations and marches held throughout the country protesting against United States intervention in South East Asia.
Many of the demonstrators were veterans of the war itself - and yesterday they had held a rally on the steps of the Capitol, throwing away medals, decorations and citations awarded to them and their comrades in action. We also serviced this story today as PRODUCTION NUMBER 4487/71; U.S.A. - EX-VIETNAM SERVICEMEN THROW MEDALS ON CAPITOL STEPS IN ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATION.
Today's demonstration is the biggest ever seen in the U.S. Capital. This coverage was taken from a direct satellite transmission as the crowds massed before the Capitol.
President Nixon was not in Washington - he and his family are spending the weekend at the Presidential mountain retreat of Camp David, about 60 miles (96 kilometres) away.
One of the speakers was Congressman John Ashbrook, of Akron, Ohio, who said: