October 14, 1972 demonstration to end the war in Vietnam
The October 14, 1972 demonstration to end the war in Vietnam happened at a time when US involvement was declining. Deaths in the war fell steadily from the peak of 16,592 in 1968 to 641 in 1972. California led all states in the number of soldiers killed in the war. Vietnam Veterans Against the War led the protest once again. The sentiments of the demonstrators had shifted from “End the War Now” in the 1960’s to support for the 7 point program of the South Vietnam Provisional Revolutionary Government’s peace plan. Later, after the 1975 defeat of the Army of South Vietnam and withdrawal of American forces, the PRG merged with North Vietnam to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
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