The Nation: Liberty Liberated

The Viet Nam Veterans Against the War have a special flair for the symbolic: last spring they provided the searing spectacle of men angrily hurling medals won in Indochina against the U.S. Capitol. Last week, in quickly organized protest against the increased bombing in Viet Nam, they occupied briefly the South Vietnamese consulate in San Francisco, the Betsy Ross house near Philadelphia's Independence Hall, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and the Statue of Liberty.

The New York City group, 15 strong, held out for two days, barricaded inside the statue's base with timbers being used to build an immigration museum. While demonstrators...

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