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Campaign `72 / Republican Convention Demonstrations #224384

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 18, 1972
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(Studio) Protest groups gather at Republican convention site.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Boston, Massachusetts) Vietnam Vets Against the War (VVAW) organization motorcades from various American cities to Miami Beach, Florida. (Los Angeles, California) Another group originates in California. (Miami Beach, Florida) They converge on Flamingo Park. Protest leaders expect 5 to 8000 nondelegates. [Yippie Jeff NIGHTBYRD - revises down original 10 to 15,000 estimate.] Major demonstration expected Wednesday night during Nixon speech. [Miami convention coalition Larry REAMER - says protesters will block streets to delay delegates, thus conv.] 82nd Airborne Div. arrives at Homestead AFB. 2000 Army troops, 500 Marines to stand by in case of violence. [Miami Beach Police Chief Rocky POMERANCE - won't divulge plans to react to demonstrators.] Radical Zippies consider Yippie leaders Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman part of establishment. [Rennie DAVIS - doesn't think Zippies are major force, but they get more television coverage.] [Protesters fight lack of organization] [Miami convention coalition Marty FEINRIDER - says orderly protesters will outnumber disrupters and coalition leaders will be in control of situation.] [Demonstrations Center around bombing of Vietnam, especially North Vietnam dikes.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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