Kent State massacre: the day the U.S. government opened fire on its own protesting citizens

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“On this day we recognize the anniversary of the Kent State shootings. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard fired into the crowd of thousands of Kent State University students staged an anti-war protest against the bombings of Cambodia by the U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War, killing four students.

The National Guard fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four and permanently injuring nine other students.

The nation, already firmly against the Vietnam War, erupted in outrage as hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of 4 million students. This event was key in bringing public opinion firmly against the Vietnam War.

Just five days after the shootings, 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, D.C., against the war and the killing of unarmed student protesters and massive protests continued throughout the United States until Nixon, president at that time, started to withdraw U.S. troops from Vietnam in 1973.” – Telesur