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300 Demonstrators Picket Kennedy at Berkeley

Mar. 23, 1962 - Critics and defenders of Administration policies stuck to plans to picket President Kennedy’s visit to the University of California at Berkeley today. About 200 youths out of the total Berkeley student body of 22,000 sat silent, some reading newspapers, in front of a big poster lettered: “Mr. President: for humanity’s sake, we oppose all nuclear testing.” Perhaps 300 critics of the Administration, carrying nearly 100 signs, marched up the hill to Memorial Stadium shortly before the ceremony began. One of the placards read: “Kennedy’s Three R’s: Rhetoric, Radiation and Reaction.” Mr. Kennedy’s route to and from Alameda Naval Air Station prevented his seeing any of the demonstrators.

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