Grosvenor Square
Prostests against the Vietnam War

1/ About the address

Grosvenor Square is a large garden square in the wealthy Mayfair district of London,  in England.

Grosvenor Square was one of the three or four most fashionable residential addresses in London from its construction until the Second World War, with numerous leading members of the aristocracy in residence. It is the place where young people demonstrated against the Vietnam war in 1968.

Grosvenor Square today;

In the center of the square there is a statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

2/ About the Theme

It's the centerpiece of the Mayfair property of the Duke of Westminster and takes it’s names from their surname “Grosvenor”.

On18 March 1968 there was a huge demonstration against the Vietman war. There were  300 arrests; 86 people were treated for injuries, and 50 including 25 policemen were taken to hospital.

It was really very violent.

Demonstrators threw stones, bottles, firecracker and smoke bombs.

Later john Lawlor, the commander in charge of the police covering the demonstration said : "The demonstration degenerated into a disorderly rabble."

After marching from Trafalgar square with Vanessa Redgrave, among other famous people at their head, thousand of young people burst into the gardens in front of the American Embassy.

The demonstrators were forced back by policemen.

Mr David Bruce, the American Ambassador thanked the police.

More than 1000 police  officers were waiting for the demonstrators in Grosvenor Square.

About 2000 spectators had gathered at the corners of the square to wait for the demonstrators.

It was violent protest !

The public proceedings were filmed, and later turned into a documentary movie. The film Bed Peace was made available for free on youtube in august 2011 by Yoko Ono, as part of her website "Imagine Peace".

Importance of the song imagine...!

4/ Mystery picture

It's a statue of president in a square.