The first of the predicted Democratic convention week confrontations between the Chicago police and members of the Youth International Party (Yippies) occurred Sunday (August 25) night.
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Background: The first of the predicted Democratic convention week confrontations between the Chicago police and members of the Youth International Party (Yippies) occurred Sunday (August 25) night. As many as 25 persons were arrested and 12 were injured.
The confrontation began when the youths protested police enforcement of an 11 p.m. curfew in city parks. The Yippies had intended to sleep all night in Lincoln Park, which borders Lake Michigan just north of downtown Chicago and east of the Old Town hippie section of the city.
About 400 police used night sticks to move the one-thousand Yippies from the park. After they were dispersed, the Yippies began to drift back into the park area. This into the park area. This time, police moved in wielding sticks and rifle butts. They were armed with shotguns, carbines and cans of disabling chemical spray.
The Yippies waved a North Vietnamese flag and made V-for-Victory signs while chanting anti-police and anti-war slogans. A portion of them began to march toward Chicago's downtown area but were stopped by police.
Although there are 7,500 regular U.S. Army troops and 5,500 Illinois National Guardsmen in Chicago, they were not called upon to help with clearing the park.