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Artist or CreatorNicholas Garland
Title or Caption"No irresponsible demonstrators are going to tell me how to run the United States!"
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Published byDaily Telegraph
Date15 Oct 1969
FormatNewspaper
Embedded text or transcriptPeace in Vietnam now
Make love not war
Students for peace
University faculties for peace in Vietnam
Congressmen
Senators
Mayor of Buffalo
Moderates
War veterans
Mayor of New York
Trade Unions
Person DepictedNixon; Richard M. (Richard Milhous), (1913-1994)
NotesNews: 15 October: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium. Americans took part in peace initiatives across the United States to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam. The Peace Moratorium is believed to have been the largest demonstration in US history with an estimated 20 to 30 million people involved. In towns and cities throughout the US, students, working men and women, school children, the young and the old, took part in religious services, school seminars, street rallies and meetings. Supporters of the Vietnam Moratorium wore black armbands to signify their dissent and paid tribute to American personnel killed in the war since 1961. The focal point was the capital, Washington DC, where more than 40 different activities were planned. Addressing a rally in Washington, Dr Benjamin Spock, the child-care expert, said the war was a "total abomination" that was crippling America and must be stopped. Outside the White House, there were scuffles and several arrests made when police clamped down on black activists. In Portland, Oregon, 400 protesters clashed with police after an attempt to prevent conscripts entering an Army induction centre. General Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called protestors "interminably vocal youngsters, strangers alike to soap and reason." In a letter to President Nixon, 15 Republican Congressmen called for an intensification of the campaign. However Senator Edward Kennedy, a vocal anti-war campaigner, called for combat troops to be withdrawn from Vietnam by October next year and all forces by the end of 1972. Speaking in Boston, Senator Kennedy was careful not to accuse the president of perpetuating the war. "I do not believe that President Nixon is committed to continuing the war in Vietnam, but I do believe this nation is in danger of committing itself to goals and personalities that guarantee the war's continuance." President Nixon continued to work from the White House without comment, as thousands marched around him. Peace activists congregated outside US embassies across Europe. In London a crowd of some 300 people demonstrated opposite the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. [news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday]
SubjectsVietnam War 1964-1973
protests
protest groups
protest marches
anti-vietnam
USA
Presidents USA
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