About 700 students from the University of Chicago gathered on Tuesday (5 May) to protest the United States involvement in Cambodia and more specifically the action by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in Kent Ohio, on Monday.
LV Students marching
GV Flag TILT DOWN TO students around flag pole
SCU Man speaks to crowd through megaphone
SV Students clapping and shouting
GV Students attempt to climb flag pole (2 shots)
MV Police intercept and stand around flag pole
MV Man brings ladder to flag pole and pulls down flag to half mast (6 shots)
GV & SV William Kunstler speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 9: KUNSTLER: Maybe we can reach peace and maybe we can let countries have self determination without our coming in with death and destruction. Maybe we can stop piling up the bodies. Maybe we can reach a point where American young men can never again go out murder 587 people in an isolated village called My Lai 4. Maybe we can do these things. They are worthy goals. They're goals worthy enough to die for and I think you've got to begin to make up your mind you may have to. It is now the time for American college students to declare first a national strike and then to encourage the entire economy to strike.
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Background: About 700 students from the University of Chicago gathered on Tuesday (5 May) to protest the United States involvement in Cambodia and more specifically the action by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in Kent Ohio, on Monday. Four students were shot to death by the guardsmen during a demonstration over the use of American troops in Cambodia.
The group assembled on the main quadrangle of the University of Chicago campus and then marched to a nearby National Guard Armory. There they attempted to lower the United States flag to half mast but met resistance from local police and from guardsmen. eventually the demonstrators were successful and the flag was lowered.
After listening to speeches the crowd marched back to the campus where they dispersed peacefully.
At Columbia University in New York City some 1200 students heard black power attorney William Kunstler urge them to stage a college strike and then encourage the entire economy to strike to get the U.S. to withdraw from South East Asia.