In response to protests led by students against his dictatorial leadership, Ne Win abolished students unions and dynamited student union buildings at Rangoon University, leaving 100 university students dead. All unions immediately started to violate laws, restricting the basic civil rights of millions of people. This is considered a part of root cause of student-led protests which led to 8888 uprising. In addition to that, demonetizing three-fourth bank notes caused students unable to afford their tuition fee, resulting in the closure of universities and high schools(The Role of Students in the 8888 People’s Uprising in Burma, 2011).Consequently, the dissatisfaction of students was building, leading to a seemingly innocuous fight between students and civilian over the selection of music in a teashop near the Rangoon University,sparkinga major upheaval. The participants were,subsequently, arrested by police coming to intervene into the fight to stop the conflict, clubbing one person to death in the process.
The destructive activity led Kent Mayor, LeRoy M. Satrom, to impose a curfew on the campus and the city. (cite3-1) The mayor also shut down the city bars early. This backfired, only bringing rowdy crowds to the streets. Protestors started bonfires on the streets. It initiated an antiwar sentiment among the crowd.
Rioters finally decided to call it a night when someone accidentally ended up hanging from a traffic light. On the evening of May 2nd, after various rumours and threats abound, Mayor Stratom orders city and campus curfews. Mayor Stratom then decides, without informing Kent State Officials, to call in the National Guard of Ohio. In protest, a group of 600 students gather with the intention of setting the ROTC building on fire. When the Kent City Fire Department is informed of the fire they rush to rescue only to have themselves stoned and their hoses slashed.
Angered students of Kent State University, one of the many schools who began to protest the war efforts, believed the expansion of the war to be immoral. On May 1st a demonstration was held on the school grounds to show the opposition towards the war as a student burned the Constitution and another burned his draft card. Protests ran throughout the night, as violence poured out of bars. Shops were broken into and bottles thrown at the authorities trying to gain control of the situation. On May 2nd people stood and watched as the students burned the ROTC building, a surefire exposition against the military, slashing the hose to prevent anyone from interrupting the fire, as the building burned down to wispy ashe... ... middle of paper ... ...e whole riot started on impulse or was planned from the beginning.
On May 4th, 1970 an extremely tragic event occurred at Kent State University. On this date the Kent State shooting occurred causing a huge catastrophe on campus and physically injuring and killing many students. The shootings that occurred on this day were stemmed from many students participating in an anti-war rally on campus. The National Guardsmen and the police officers that were on campus could not calm down the students and decided to star throwing tear gas into the group of students. When the tear gas did not disperse and calm down the students the National Guard began to fire bullets at the rallying students.
In the speech he stated that, “If, when the chips are down…the world’s most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and institutions around the world. I would rather be a one term president and do what I believe is right than to be a two term president at the cost of seeing America become a second rate power.” Students did not agree with Nixon and protests cropped up on university campuses in the days that followed his speech. Amongst these protesters were students of Kent State University, “The Cambodian invasion defined a watershed in the attitude of Kent students toward American policy in the Indochina War.” At this point, the first two days of May, the students were protesting Nixon’s actions. While the cou... ... middle of paper ... ...versities had shut down in response to the events at Kent State. In conclusion, the Kent State shooting was a tragedy that has never really had anyone held responsible.
After several days of protesting things got out of control, leading to the death of four college students and the injury of nine others. The outcomes of Kent state shooting, otherwise known as the May 4 Massacre, went beyond those who physically suffered. The accidents on campus reformed the way millions of Americans though about the war in Vietnam and the anti-war movement. Most students, across the universities and campuses of America, were heavily against the growth of war into Cambodia. It is almost certain that the death of the four students and wounding of nine others ignited revolution across the nation’s universities, colleges and high schools.
For two days after this march there was serious rioting between the Catholics and the RUC. In the following January there were many civil rights marches with increasing violence brought about by over policeing and confrontations between them and loyalist crowds. On 25 April 1969 following a bombing campaign by Loyalists extremists, 500 additional British troops were sent to Northern Ireland. A few months later on the 12th August 1969 as the Apprentice boys passed near the Bogside area a serious riot erupted. The RUC got involved to try and stop the riot by using water cannons and armoured cars.
Thoughtless mistakes such as the ones made on that day will often have a snowball affect that lead into problems for all persons envolved. On May 3, 1970 students of Kent State University rallied to protest Nixon¹s announcement. There was violent protesting all through the night. Windows were broken, cars were destroyed, and the ROTC building was burned to the ground. When the firemen arrived, their hoses were taken by students and used aganist them.
b. How did the government respond? The government cracked down on the protesters and killed six protesters and injured many more. The protesters demanded the resignation of the mayor and the security police leader. The police later responded to the protests by opening fire on the crowd.