Republican Convention: 1972
The protests at the Republican National Convention in Miami, Fl., August 21-23, 1972 marked a fierce battle between President Richard Nixon and the movement that demanded an end to the war in Indochina.

Nixon struck first when eight leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) were indicted on charges of conspiracy to disrupt the Convention with automatic weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, as well as slingshots and crossbows.

The government also leaked out information that they were planning to raise drawbridges to trap protesters in Miami Beach and then shoot at them. In spite of these attempts to suppress demonstrations, the protests went forward.

While the 5,000 that participated were relatively small in number, the clashes between police and demonstrators were prolonged and intense, occurring over several days and nights. The demonstrations sent the message that disruptions would not cease as long as the war went on.

Large scale anti Vietnam War protests would come to an end in the early 1973 after 100,000 protested at Nixon’s second Inauguration. Shortly afterwards, the Paris Peace Accords were signed that signaled an end to the U.S. combat role in Vietnam.

In April 1975, combined forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front ousted the regime in South Vietnam.

For an account of the Miami Republican Convention protests written by the Maryland Route 1 Brigade in 1972 shortly after the demonstrations, see
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