A demonstration by some 250 homosexuals in New York City, on Sunday ( August 30 ) ended in arrest for 18 people.
GV & SCU Demonstrators with placards (5 shots)
SCU Demonstrators dancing along
CU sign "We're the people our parents warned us against"
SV Demonstrators walking past camera
SCU Demonstration spokesman
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: REPORTER: "A lot of people think that possibly this is taking protest just a little too far. What do you say to that?".
BELL: "This is not taking protest far enough. I'd say that until we get what we want, until we are allowed to be free as people there's no such thing as taking protest too far. This is just a beginning and we'll protest. I don't want to get militant on television, but we'are going to protest until we get what we want".
REPORTER: "And what is it exactly what you want? Precisely."
BELL: "Precisely the right to be ourselves. If we want to hold somebody's hand on the street, if we went to kiss somebody and show some affection for somebody on the street, we want to be able to do that. That's exactly what we don't have. We don't have that and we need it. We need it because it's part of the way that we feel and to feel good and to do what's good is what's right. And to us this is right".
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Background: A demonstration by some 250 homosexuals in New York City, on Sunday ( August 30 ) ended in arrest for 18 people. The demonstration started peacefully as a rally in the central Times Square section of the city, but after a march south to the Women's House of Detention, the crowd became unruly.
Windows were smashed, rubbish bins were set on fire and a car was overturned before police managed to disperse the crowd. Rocks were thrown at police who were reported to have clubbed demonstrators with nightsticks in return. Police say they do not known how the brawl started, but it was reported that the crowd became furious when several policemen allegedly grabbed one man and started beating him.
Sixteen police and at least two civilians were reported injured.
Before the violence began, Arthur Bell acted as spokesman for the homosexuals: