About two-thousand anti-war demonstrators gathered in lower Manhattan, New York City, Wednesday morning, December 6, for a second day of protest marking "Stop the Draft Week".
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MS Police on horse back hold crowds back
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MS "Door" of Whitehall Center
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Background: About two-thousand anti-war demonstrators gathered in lower Manhattan, New York City, Wednesday morning, December 6, for a second day of protest marking "Stop the Draft Week". Scattered fights broke out between demonstrators and on-lookers. At least 16 persons were arrested.
One demonstrator was knocked to the ground after trying to pull a small United States flag from a sandpile where it had been placed by construction workers. Another scuffle between demonstrators and police broke out when other manual trade workers threw debris at the marchers from a nearby roof.
The protesters gathered early in the day at Battery Park near the Whitehall Street Induction Center--their planned target. About three-hundred plainclothes policemen reportedly mingled with the crowd. When the demonstrators marched from the park to the Induction Center, they were prevented from reaching their objective by a cordon of nearly four-thousand police. Some of the demonstrators agreed to remain behind police lines. But most left the area and marched around in lower Manhattan. Traffic was tied-up for blocks at the peak of the morning rush. Demonstrators shouted anti-war slogans and taunted police. Some anti-war demonstrators marched to New York's city hall and others paraded around near the city's fashionable hotels.
The protest is part of an nationwide protest this week sponsored by a coalition of 50 anti-war and civil-right groups.