November 09, 1965 : Antiwar protestor sets himself afire

Introduction

In the second such antiwar incident within a week, Roger Allen LaPorte, a 22-year-old member of the Catholic Worker movement, immolates himself in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Before dying the next day, LaPorte declared, “I’m against wars, all wars. I did this as a religious act.” LaPorte’s act of protest followed that of Norman Morrison, a 32-year-old Quaker from Baltimore, who immolated himself in front of the Pentagon on November 2.

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November 09, 1965 : Antiwar protestor sets himself afire

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

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    November 09, 1965 : Antiwar protestor sets himself afire

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  • Access Date

    October 18, 2017

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