Kent State Protests

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There have been many protests in the history of the United States. Many of which have helped solve problems and have been very successful. But on the other hand there are those protests that have ended badly. An example of a protest that did not end as planed is the protests on the campus of Kent state college in 1970. The end result of those protests was gunfire by police leaving four dead and nine others wounded. Of course not all protests end like this but this is an exception that is a memorable and tragic moment in American history. The reason that the Kent state students were protesting was in response to the Cambodian campaign that was presented by president Nixon the day before. The Cambodian campaign was basically another invasion…show more content…
And it grew and grew each day in numbers. On the first day there were only about 500 students protesting and although there were some reports of vandalism there it never got too crazy. Until that night when protesters began throwing beer bottles at police and getting a bit rowdy. That night the Kent mayor declared a state of emergency and got troops sent in from all around Ohio in hopes to contain the situation. The next night it got a little bigger and a little bit more boisterous, the same protesting demonstrations were going on for the most part and there were a few more arrests then the previous night. The National Guard was now there and they even tried using tear gas to clear out the students. The next day was when the government and rest of Kent officials began getting really angry. The governor of Kent called the protests “un-American” and openly expressed his anger with the protesting. They made it clear that night that they were intent on putting an end to the protesting as soon as possible. That night there was another rally at 8:00 pm the guards were called in by 845 and tear gassed the rally and tried to send all students back to their dorms. There were a few injuries but nothing near as serious as what was to come the next…show more content…
There was a populous presence of law enforcement there from cops to militant members and everything in-between. The guards ordered everyone to disperse or risk getting detained. That then sparked a “pigs get off campus” chant by the protesters. The protesters started throwing things at the guards and the guards responded by tear-gassing them. When that didn’t work and it became clear that they were not going to disperse, at around 12:24 pm 77 National Guard members fired 67 rounds from M1 Garand rifles into the croud killing 4 and wounding 9 others, thus violently ending the protests. What’s even worse is that two of the students killed had not even been involved in the protest they were just walking to class and had gotten caught in the crossfire. This had a major impact on other campuses and nation wide. It caused an estimated 450 other campuses to stop protesting worldwide and it also got world wide press, their was even a song written about it. it was a tragic event that happened to people who only stand up against what they believed was wrong and tried to make a
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