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Democratic Convention / Protest Plans / Soldiers' Field #199242

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 14, 1968
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(Studio) Some of groups planning protests at convention running into trouble.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) files lawsuit on behalf of Coalition for open convention to gain use of Soldiers' Field. Coalition wants to hold rally here. Asked for permit. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) suggests Mayor Richard Daley stalling, wanting HHH on 1st ballot. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Jay MILLER - says looks like Democratic Party using Field to keep others from it. If Democrats had specific plans for it, should have told these people mos. ago.] Chicago Park District denies favoritism.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Chicago, Illinois) [Parks Department William McFETRIDGE - says nobody will be denied his rights. Not stalling. Trying to come up with correct answer.] Yippies want to use large point of Lincoln Park. [Yippie Spokesperson Abbie HOFFMAN - says demonstration will be expression of free society. We'll set up liberated zone. We'll have workshops on drugs, guerrilla theatre, underground media, communes and living free. We'll have black parties, rock festivals and food. We'll do it all free. We'll nominate pig named "Pigasus"; to present him to Democratic Convention to be able to see their pig in return. He needs secret service protection as he's being threatened by B.L.T. conspiracy.] Yippies say they'll hold protests with or without city consent. City says it needs pks. and grounds for security forces. Police consider special use for Soldiers' Field.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Chicago, Illinois) [Fraternal Order of Police Joseph LEFEVOUR - talks of using Field and other places for jail. They have right to demonstrate but we step in if they violate law.]
REPORTER: Hal Fisher

(Studio) Daley will probably get to use Field rather than dissenters.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Fisher, Hal;
Pappas, Ike;
Plante, Bill
Duration:
00:03:50

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