The Peoples Park demonstrations of May 1969 was one of the more unusual protest demonstrations to grip Berkeley during the troubled 60's. The University had acquired a block of land and wanted to make it into a parking lot. The students wanted a park on the site. During a street demonstration on Telegraph Ave. Several students were shot by over-reacting police officers. Subsequent demonstrations turned violent and resulted in property damage in downtown Berkeley. To keep order National Guard troops were called out to occupy the University and surrounding areas. The controversy raged on for several weeks practically paralyzing the University and the area around Peoples Park. Eventually the controversy died down and several years latter the University built a park at the site.
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The images in this section of protest photographs of the 60's first appeared in the book WE PROTEST, published by Rip Off Press - 1970. The book and photographs from the book were featured in an exhibition on the art of the protest movements of the 60's done by the Haags Gemeentemuseum in the Hague, 1971.
Students march onto campus for a large rally.
They are meet by the National Guard troops who are equipped with riot gear.
The students do nothing to provoke the troops and the troops stand their ground, a stand-off. Quite protest and defiance of the troops.
News reporters, tear gas had been used that morning so they were prepared for more.
Troops and students keep their distance but the protest continues.
The students became more organized with first-aid teams and more monitors.
Some police tried to talk with students
Protest continues at Park fence
The police killing of 2 bystanders turned a minor protest into a major confrontation between a right-wing governor and the more liberal students.
National Guard troops on Telegraph Ave. Marshall Law established in Berkley.
Local police, police from surrounding communities, Highway Patrol, and the National Guard were all called out to protect an empty lot and enforce the mandate of Governor Ronald Reagan.