Today is the 40th anniversary of the Kent State University assassination of the students who actively opposed the war at the hands of National Guard troops. 40 years ago, President Nixon ordered silent protest at all campuses during the Vietnam War.
On May 4, 1970, four white students were assassinated by National Guardsmen during anti-war protests on the campus of Kent State University. On May 14, 1970, Black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi organized demonstrations against the war and racial discrimination. The officers of the Mississippi National Guard and police brutally shot against student dormitories taking two students liefs and seriously injuring 12 others. The same building is still marked by bullet holes 160.
May 4th, students from Kent State held their annual commemoration of the martyrs of the anti-war movement, but was also present the new Vietnam: Iraq. Hundreds of students who oppose the American occupation of Iraq began to go off campus, but were immediately repressed by the police who made dozens of arrests, claiming that the demonstration was “not authorized”. The University outlawed the protest because he believed that “induced violence,” while the students said that “the only violence that was expected from the police.”