In October the Madison Committee to end the war in Vietnam votes against civil disobedience during the International days of Protest calling civil disobedience impractical at the moment. However a group is formed called the Committee for Direct Action to end the war in Vietnam disagrees and announces an attempted citizens arrest of Lester Arasmith. This is soon followed by the action at Truax where about 75 protesters march from East Washington down to the main gate and waiting for them is police, military police, and counter protesters. The protesters want Arasmith arrest ed for crimes against humanity and when it is denied they sit down on the road. 11 people were arrested for loitering. The protests are called deplorable by the Wisconsin State Journal and The Daily Cardinal calls the protests bigots and states that they should lobby instead. In late October the city council pledges the city’s support of the war. I. On thanksgiving protesters dressed in black and faces painted white are pelted with raw eggs during a protest while the police look without response
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