Demonstrators in Melbourne and Sydney took to the streets on Tuesday (9 May) to protest against American mining of North Vietnamese ports and increased bombing.
GV Demonstration crossing street in Melbourne. (2 shots)
GV Mounted police attempt to break up demonstration.
SV & LV Police attempt to disperse demonstrators.
SV Policemen breaking injured demonstrator's stick.
SV Injured man attended by friends.
Sv Police arresting and removing demonstrators (2 shots)
LV Police scuffle with demonstrators.
SV Mounted policeman corners girl demonstrator.
SV Demonstrators in Sydney with placard "STOP NIXON'S MADNESS".
TRACKING SHOT, demonstrators with placards chanting. (2 shots)
DEMONSTRATION CROSSING STREET IN MELBOURNE: MOUNTED POLICE TRYING TO DISPERSE DEMONSTRATORS: INJURED MAN: POLICE ARRESTING DEMONSTRATORS: DEMONSTRATORS IN SYDNEY WITH PLACARDS: DEMONSTRATORS CHANTING.
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Background: Demonstrators in Melbourne and Sydney took to the streets on Tuesday (9 May) to protest against American mining of North Vietnamese ports and increased bombing.
In Melbourne, most of the activity was outside the offices of Pan American Airways. Although initially peaceful, the protest became more heated after someone had broken two windows in the building. Then, amidst the height of the city's rush hour, mounted policemen rode through the crowd of protestors trying to disperse them.
It was said there were at least five mounted police charges and law officers used their batons to break up the protest. Four people were arrested and there were many minor injuries.
In Sydney, demonstrators carrying placards staged a protest outside the American Consulate. About 300 people took part in the demonstration where they were addressed by a number of speakers.
Demonstrations have been continuing through the week in various Australian cities as protest against the latest American moves in Vietnam was mounting.
On friday (12 May), some 7,000 demonstrators hurled stones and beer cans at police in a march in Sydney. Protests also took place on Friday in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra, the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators took to the streets in Melbourne on Tuesday to protest against the American mining of North Vietnamese ports and increased bombing. And demonstrations have continued through the week.
It has started peacefully enough outside the offices of Pan american Airways. But the trouble began after two windows had been broken. Then police moved in.
There were a number of injuries as police made a number of mounted and baton charges.
Police made four arrests, and there were scuffles with demonstrators.
The demonstration took place at the height of the city's rush hour, but it was eventually dispersed.
There was a demonstration in Sydney as well -- this time outside the American Consulate. About 300 people took part in what was a peaceful protest. The week's protests mounted in heat until Friday, when seven thousand marchers clashed with police in Sydney, as marches took place in other cities.