NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 13, 1968
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(Studio) Democratic Convention opens August 26. Militant groups planning protests.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Chicago, Illinois) Largest group "National Mobilization to End Vietnam War", downtown office for mos. to plan its demonstration. Group is coalition of 100 peace and civil rights organizations. Office shown. 100,000 marchers estimated. [Group Chairperson and Liberation Magazine Editor David DELLINGER - says no matter who candidates are or what platforms are, we must stay in streets and in active resistance or there will be no peace. Not our plan to obstruct convention or keep delegates from going in or out. To make our presence felt. To march to convention and picket loop. To remind delegates that war must come to end.] 1,500 shown in Saturday anti-war protest. March orderly and unhampered by police. March ended with rally. Dellinger says housing obtained for 30-40,000 demonstrators. City hasn't decided yet with regard to camping. Youth International Party (Yippies) have also asked for camping privileges. They'll nominate their own Presidential candidate; a pig named Pigasus. [Spokesperson Abraham PECK - says group will inform American of youth renaissance and corruption of outmoded society. Don't come here if only prepared for festival of life, music and love.] 1/2 mile chain fence with barbed wire placed at main entrance to International Amphitheater. police at hall; only workers allowed in. Reported 20% spectators will be FBI or secret service. Known 8,000 officers will be at hall or delegates' hotels. Park reserved for National Guard's use. Recreation yard of Cook County Jail available for mass arrests. Can hold 10,000.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber