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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 4

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, May 10, 1970
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> ',- Sjgn Pt&ion m\\: atnst War their fjls- NI»Hi*i r : policies slfflpjy bV swflt op, without ifcadtg MAgant or even listening to th« speakers, ,\ - ' the atmosphere: alL afternoon was relaxed"aAd Aftet the rally at ihe Ellipse broke up in late afternoon, eralthottsand protesters marched ri6rth up Fifteenth Street, Ming itcurb-to-curb for several blocks. Some.talked of trying to en- -ter-theHWiit yette Park in front of it. Both were bloeked off by police and by buses parked end-to-end. Tense Moments There were some tense moments as the marchers halted and sat down for a time, blocking streets. A bus was rocked and air was let out of some bus tires. A few rocks were thrown. Parade marshals, provided by the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, kept the peace and persuaded most' of 4he marchers to head back to the Washington 'Monument, grounds, where rock concert was held 'during the evening. ' —By the end of the afternoon, only .two arrests had been reported, both for indecent exposure. Later, police announced 13 more persons were arrested, eight of them members of the American Nazi, Party, who were charged with disorderly conduct. All the charges were minor in nature.. But thousands of police and military troops stayed on duty into .the evening, and the police -used-tear-gas-at-one-point-to scatter several hundred demonstrators from an area about a block from the White-House, where they had been sitting in the street. Several hundred other demonstrators outside the Justice Department were throwing stones through windows when about 80 members of the city's Civil Disturbance Unit .moved into the area. They fired tear gas and the crowd dispersed with policemen in pursuit. Compromise Site The rally site at the Ellipse was a compromise between the Lafayette Park site in front of the White House, which was demanded by the demonstrators, and the Washington Monument _some three blocks from the White House. At the rally, there were groups and speakers espousing all kinds of causes, from ending the alleged repression of Black Panthers to cheering the Viet Cong to victory. But the vast majority of the crowd, which included a scattering of over-30 and even elderly people, seemed to have come simply to say they want the-U.S. to end its war role in Asia, that Mr. Nixon's Cambodia decision was wrong, and to mourn the Kent State deaths.— WIREPHOtO (API Taking It Easy on the Ellipse Young people taking part in Saturday's antiwar rally in Washington, D.C., lounge on the Ellipse near the White House. Washington Monument is in the background. the crowd in shouting "Dump Nixon." Passionate Appeal.. east Asia. Several people signed it. T-h-«- thousand | day, with the President in the i White House.were his wife and dctcr I daughters. They and Mr. Nix- not a monolithic group of ogres, but that we're in touch with the campus and wish to Oit Motaa* Sunday ft«aist«r M*y 16, \m • -—1,A w BERLIN CLASH ON BERLIN^ 0fcRMANY-'(AP) — "Seven, thousand antuu.s. demonstrators tried to storm the Amerika Huas cultural cen- tef in West Berlin Saturday. SoMe 231 policemen were hurt in the assault,, the worst cpn- frontation of a long series in Berlin over the Vietnam War issue. Crowds also were out "in other parts of the. world, including Denmark, Finland, Italy. England, Israel and the Virgin islands — to protest U.S. policy in Indochina and the killing of four students at Kent State University in Ohio. In a fracas in London, 79 persons were injured, Including to policemen . who surged through Grosvenor Square toward the U.S. Embassy, smashing car windows and hurling missiles. In the Berlin melee, a young woman and plainclothes policeman were wounded by gunfire. The young woman, apparently a demonstrator, was struck in the calf by a bullet and the officer was hit in the neck and hip.- ...... Deputy Mayor Kurt Neubaiier said 44 persons were arrested. Elsewhere in Germany, 3,000 demonstrators in Frankfurt paraded to the chant "Nixon, murderer," and held a rally near a U.S. Army post exchange. Nixon Has Dawn Meeting Wftfi WASHINGTON, ft.C. (AP) - Unable td sleep, President Niton tteni to th^LfocotrihMeff\otial af tejm S&turday and pleaded yoxmg perice detnonstfat6ts for understanding of his efforts to end the Vietnam war. Secret Service agents were terrified *' irrffiTPreSidaJt'S tfords - that he 1«K the -barricaded Whit^ouse- to confront phone calls until 2:30 a.m., vent to bed sfnd — unable to sjeep,—got up at 4 a.m. Hie' trjp to the Lincoln Me- student protesters at the Lin- Social by auto followed.' And 'coln shrine. Tetiing a newsfnfin of his.en- counter-with-the young pe6ple, Mr. Nixon said: "I told them that 1 know you think ~we are a bunch of so-and-sos — t nsed a strong' er word to them — 1 know how you feet. You want to get the war over. "Try to understand what we are doing. Sure, you came here to demonstrate. Go shout your slogans on the Ellipse. That is all right. Just keep it peaceful." Mr, Nixon's highly unusual dents perhaps had no parallel. It was a palpable attempt to try to calm the campus outcry that greeted his announcement Apr. 30 that he was Sending U.S. forces into Cambodia. Some Unconvinced Some of the students remained unconvinced, including two 20-year-old sophomore girls from Syracuse University, Ron nie Kemper and Joan Pelletier. "It was unreal. He was trying so hard to relate on a personal basis," Ronnie told a reporter. "But he wasn't really concerned with why we were here." ' Joan said: "I hope it was because he was tired but most of what he was flaying was absurd. Here we had come from a university that's completely uptight, on strike, and when we told him where we were from, he talked about the football team." Mr. Nixbn x had set forth his position in a x news conference Friday night. Then, by his own account, he read\and took before he got back to the White House, the President surprised a few early morning sightseers by visiting the Capitol and then driving to the Mayflower Hotel for breakfast where he had corned beef hash with an egg~; on top. Thanks Soldiers Later he went across the street to tfcank soldiers from Ft. Myer, Va.,. and Ft. Meade, Md., foTthe way they had dealt with anti-war demonstrations in the area last October and November. Mr. Nixon had, put in a tele- ealHo-Manolo-Sanchezr his handyman and valet, after finally giving up on trying to sleep. He said he asked Sanchez if he 'ever had seen the Lincoln Memorial at night, found out he hadn't, and the result was the five-minute ride that brought the two of them and a detail of what he termed "petrified" Secret Servicemen to the Memorial at 5 a.m. About eight students were on hand. Before the President left nearly an hour later, about SO people were on hand. "It was one of the most interesting experiences of my life." Mr. Nixon said. He liad seen a student wearing a jacket from his old school, Duke University, and remarked that: "Here at the Memorial I was sort of carried back to when I was in college myself and in law school." The nucleus of the students at the Memorial; the original eight, told him they were from Alfred (N.Y.) University. After he spoke, a dozen demonstrators walked through the crowd dripping from red dye representing blood. David Bellinger, a pacifist and one of the convicted Chicago 5, appealed in a passionate voice for sustained anti-war activities. "We are here to gather steam to go back into our local communities and carry on the .strike until we cripple the war machine." Bellinger mined to appear friendly to the dissenters, opened fire hydrants to provide drinking water, set up portable toilets and helped arrange housing for the thousands that came from out of town. Volunteer first aid teams helped people affected by the heat. There were countless in-j stances of people helping their j jfellow protesters such as by! setting up drinking water dis-i tribution teams. i said. Many of the young people gathered at the rally insisted to newsmen that they were "not bums, not crazies." One St. John's University law student said, "We are Americans who love our country." Baby doctor Benjamin Spock told the crowd: "We salute, the students of Kent State, the GIs fighting in Vietnam, 45,000 GIs who died in Vietnam ... We are here to demand an end to the war, not in 1972 and not in 1971, but in 1970," A number of congressmen were on hand during parts of he program, including Sena- ors Edward Brooke (Rep., if ass,) and Jacob Javits (Rep., V.Y.), and several representa- ives from New York and California. Strike Call Charles Palmer, president of he National Student Associ- a t i o n , said student strikes should be expanded until the war is stopped. Mrs. Coretta King, widow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., told the crowd simply, "God bless 4 you and I'm with you all the way." She urged them to continue their fight for "peace, justice and brotherhood." A . 5-by-12-foot sign was Actress Jane Fonda ad dressed the crowd, "Greetings, fellow bums." She said "the jieople of the world are watching to see if there are still people in this country who are fighting for individual freedom." Another speaker, David Liv- ingston^a.Ne,w,York,labor oflfi cial, called for the impeach ment of the President and-led erected on the Ellipse and contained a huge petition protesting "the U.S. invasion ^of Cambodia" and urging withdrawal-of all U.S. troops from South- DR. J, G, CRAVEN DENTIST PRACTICE LIMITED TP DENTURE WORK BUILDERS! DEVELOPERS! REALTORS! GOVERNMENT AID PROGRAMS OFFER HIGH PROFIT! on's son-in-law, David Eisenhower, arrived just before the rally started, driving back from the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland to be present for a Mother's Day service today. In addition to the early morning-excursion of President Nixon to visit with young protesters, many other government officials met with demonstrators. Invited to White Hnnsp be more so." Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell met for more than two hours with 12 students of his old law school — Fordham — to discuss dissent. But they never reached the same wave length, the stu dents indicated. Said Marshall Turner, one of the students, "He doesn't seem to realize that normal, average people are being pushed to violence." Out in the crowd, among Down at the Reflecting Pool, perhaps 200 people were in the water at one point, including about 25 nude men and a number of bare-breasted girls. At one point, a-tall, bearded Negro man carried a 15-foot woodeh cross to the Ellipse and, at his request, was strapped to it. The man, Daniel W. Billings, jr., of Cincinnati, said black and yellow people are being crucified around the world. "We just want peace and brotherhood," he said. As the rally went on Satur- 1 Some 60 to 80 protesters, in fact, were invited into the White House to talk with some of the President's young aides. "We just went out on the street, picked some people out of the crowd, introduced ourselves, and invited them into the White House," said Robert C. Odele, jr., 26, a staff aide to Herbert Klein, the President's communications co-ordinator. "Most of them were dumbfounded and their jaws dropped open," Odele continued. "We're doing this to show the demonstrators we're • White House people sent out to mingle and converse with the students, was Stephen Bull, assistant to the President's ap- jpointments secretary. He wore i a dark business suit and tie, one of the few so attired in the crowd. He was surrounded quickly by students and manfully tried to answer questions about the "contradictions in Nixon's policy" and the President's crack about "bums." Said one young man in shoulder-length hair, "If Nixon is in such touch with young people, he'd legalize marijuana." - In London, demonstration leaders said in a warhiup meeting in Trafalgar Square, they wanted no confrontation with authority, only to lay flowers at the statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Grosvenor Square. The march and the flowers, they said, were a tribute to the students killed at Kent State. 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