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More than 70 people, including four policemen, were injured on what became known as "Bloody Friday". Six people were arrested. The U. One of the strongest supporters of the President's war policy was Peter J.
He was also president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of New York, the statewide umbrella group for construction unions. Shortly after the Kent State shootings, anti-war protesters announced that they would hold a rally near city hall to commemorate the four dead students. Brennan decided to Silent - Over-Load - Construction Riot a counter-rally of construction workers to show support for the Nixon administration.
By late morning, the protesters—now numbering more than a thousand—had moved to the steps of Federal Hall National Memorialgathering in front of the statue of George Washington which tops the steps.
The protesters demanded an end to the war in Vietnam and Cambodia, the release of political prisoners in the United States, and an end to military-related research on all university campuses. At am, about construction workers converged on the student rally at Federal Hall from four directions.
Nearly all the construction workers carried U. A thin and inadequate line of policewho were largely sympathetic to the workers' position, formed to separate the construction workers from the anti-war protesters. At first, the construction workers only pushed but did not break through the police line. After two minutes, however, they broke through the police line and began chasing students through the streets.
The workers chose those with the longest hair and beat them with their hard hats and other weapons, including clubs and steel-toe boots. Onlookers reported that the police stood by and did nothing.
Some of the construction workers and counter-protesters moved across City Hall Park toward city hall. They mounted the steps, planted their flags at the top of the steps, then attempted to gain entrance. Police on duty at city hall initially barred them, but soon the mob pushed past. A few workers entered the building. A postal worker rushed onto the roof of city hall and raised the U. When city workers lowered the flag back down to half-mast, a large number of construction workers stormed past the police.
Deputy Mayor Richard Aurelio, fearing the building would Silent - Over-Load - Construction Riot overrun by the mob, ordered city workers to raise the flag back to full mast. Rioting construction workers also attacked buildings near city hall; most were of Irish Catholic extraction and some ripped the Red Cross and Episcopal Church flags down from a flagpole at nearby Trinity Church. One group invaded two nearby Pace University buildings, smashing lobby windows with clubs and crowbars and beating up students.
More than 70 people were injured, including four policemen. Most of the injured required hospital treatment. During a press conference that evening, President Nixon tried to defuse the situation before tens of thousands of students arrived in Washington, D. Nixon told these protesters that he agreed with what they were trying to accomplish, and defended the recent U. Mayor Lindsay severely criticized the police for their lack of action.
On May 11, Brennan and officials of other unions claimed the confrontation had been a spontaneous reaction by union workers allegedly "fed up" with Take It Off The Top - Dixie Dregs - What If and flag desecration by antiwar demonstrators, and denied that anything except fists had been used against the demonstrators.
Brennan claimed telephone calls and letters to the unions were 20 to 1 in favor of the workers. Several thousand construction Silent - Over-Load - Construction Riot , longshoremen and white-collar workers protested against the Mayor on May 11, holding signs reading "impeach the Red Mayor"  and chanting "Lindsay is a bum". The rallies culminated in a large rally on May 20 in which an estimatedpro-war protesters marched without opposition through the streets of downtown Manhattan.
On May 26, Brennan led a Silent - Over-Load - Construction Riot of 22 union leaders to meet with President Nixon at the White House and presented him with a hard hat. Nixon general counsel Charles Colsonin charge of developing a strategy to win union support for Nixon in the presidential electionidentified Brennan as a friendly labor leader due to his role in organizing the counter-protests When A Felons Not Engaged In His Employment - Gilbert & Sullivan - Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Pr May 8, 16, and Brennan later organized Candy - Cameo - The Cameo Megamix Two labor union political support for Nixon Silent - Over-Load - Construction Riot the election.
Nixon appointed Brennan as his labor secretary after the election as a reward for his support. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hard Hat Riot Part of the opposition to U.
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