Joan Baez

On This Day: Joan Baez Gets Arrested For Vietnam Protest

The war in Vietnam had many opponents, and rallies across the United States took place on this day in 1967.

40 protestors were arrested in Oakland California, for a sit-in at a military induction centre. One of those was folk singer Joan Baez. It is estimated 250 demonstrators were there to prevent conscripts from entering the building, according to the BBC.

There, they sang songs and handed leaflets to draftees looking to sign up, encouraging them to join protests instead.

The protests were organized by a nationwide group known as ‘the Resistance.’

The police intervened, creating a barricade that allowed the draftees to pass through, and made arrests.

Baez received 10 days in jail for her involvement.

Watch footage of the event below:

Baez would continue to be a political activist, including human rights campaigns in Latin America during the ’80s and attended a United Nations Humanitarian Conference on Kampuchea.

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