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Police Arrest U of MD Student Leader: 1970 | by Washington Area Spark
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Police Arrest U of MD Student Leader: 1970

One of the student leaders of the May 1, 1970 demonstration against the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia is seized by police.


Several thousand students rallied and later entered the Air Force ROTC offices located in the campus armory. After some brief fist fights with ROTC cadets, the offices were ransacked and several windows broken. U.S Route One was blocked by students during the protests.


State police moved in during the evening to clear protesters and used what students felt was excessive force. Fighting with police broke out, injuring 32 including 10 state troopers.


The state police fired tear gas into dormitories, including Harford and Montgomery Halls. The Washington Post quoted Harford resident John Martin who described himself as “conservative” as saying, “Everybody here was sympathetic to the police until this happened.”


Smaller disturbances continued through the weekend and the campus re-ignited May 4 during another rally when students learned of the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University by Ohio National Guardsmen.


A nationwide student strike was declared and the campus was officially closed for one day with large-scale protests continuing for several more weeks.


The Maryland National Guard was called in twice to quell disturbances that included a ransacking and fire at the main administration building. The school year ended with National guardsmen posted in some classrooms where exams were being taken.


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For a summary of U. of Md. May 1970 protests, see


For information and images related to the 1971 U of MD protests, see


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Photographer is unknown. The image is an auction find.


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Taken on May 1, 1970