By W.E. SCHROCK
Special To The Daily
WASHINGTON - As massive protests
in the nation's capital continue, a cross-
section of the crowds in this city's streets
reveals a wide diversity of groups.
Police and demonstrators have been'
present in the largest numbers. Spec-
tators-largely local residents and workers
-have consistently appeared outside the
perimeter of the disturbances, although
some residents have been caught in the
disruptive areas and a number of bystand-
ers and reporters have been rounded up in
mass arrests and herded to detention cen-
Local spectators have come out at lunch
time or at the height of police action to
"find out what the commotion is all about"
or to "look at the hippies."
Concessionaires have also been present,
profiting from the sale of food and drink
At various times this week soldiers have
lined the streets and bridges of the city,
supplementing the city police. While mili-
tary command officers claim their forces
were "180 degrees opposed" to the demon-
strators, many of the troops were sympa-
thetic to the protest. One soldier was seen
turning his back on a protester slashing
tires on a bus full of arrested demonstra-
The ranks of the protesters themselves
include a number of veterans. At the April
24 mass rally here and during the week
before, veterans dominated the scene of
other disadvantaged people in the cour-
try, in addition to the major goal of ending
Speakers at a number of rallies have
linked racism with U.S. imperialism antI
the war, and the large local black com-
munity has contributed food and other help
to the demonstrators.
Occasionally a, few protesters have
talked rf blowing up buildings or "offirg
the pigs," but such talk seemed rarely to
be serious and the only acts of destructive
violence were trashing of highways, act-
which the Mayday Tribe denounced as the
work of government agents.
Although police said yesterday they
found a bomb under a bridge, it was later
revealed that the bomb was nothing more
than a bottle of dirty water with a note
saying "Peace" attached to it.
The FBI, D.C. police and undercover
agents thoroughly infiltrated the peace
forces. Monday, rough arrests were made
by police agents dressed in military jac-
kets and bellbottom pants.
Although reporters got into some argu-
ments with demonstrators, the press had
little difficulty with the protesters com-
pared to their problems with the police.
Some members of the press could not ob-
tain city police credentials and so were
vulnerable to arrest.
Two reporters from the Daily were ar-
rested Monday, as were representatives of
other papers, including the New York
Times and The Washington Post.
Another central group in the demon-
strations has been federal employes. 2000
government workers yesterday morning
in Lafayette square gathered to speak out
against the war. And several marchers in
the April 24 demonstrations wore buttons
saying "Federal Employees for Peace."
Women have also been present as a dis-
tinct entity among the demonstrators this
week. At over half of the major rallies
militant women called for an end to sexual
oppression as well as an end to the war.
Women expressed anger at the attitude
of many of the males in West Potomac
Park over the weekend. Women claimed
there were a large number of attempted
Another notable feature of the anti-war
demonstrations has been the unusually
high proportion of blacks involved. In the
past, blacks have been noticeably absent
from anti-war demonstrations.
This spring, however, peace groups
aligned with the Southern Christian Lead-
ership Conference (SCLC) and the Na-
tional Welfare R i g h t s Organization
(NWRO), both predominately b 1 a c k
groups, to plan the spring offensive against
Demonstrators demands include pro-
grams for the improvement of black§ and
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