May 09, 1970 : Demonstrations held in Washington

Introduction

Between 75,000 and 100,000 young people, mostly from college campuses, demonstrate peacefully in Washington, D.C., at the rear of a barricaded White House. They demanded the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations. Afterwards, a few hundred militants spread through surrounding streets, causing limited damage. Police attacked the most threatening crowds with tear gas.

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May 09, 1970 : Demonstrations held in Washington

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    May 09, 1970 : Demonstrations held in Washington

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/demonstrations-held-in-washington

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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    A+E Networks