The most important anti-war students’ movements 1⁄2


Students often were a group changing the course of history. Their outbursts of freedom regarded not only to changes in the prevailing system, discrimination against some groups, but mainly they took the form of anti-war movements.



The most important anti-war students’ movements took place in the 60s of the twentieth century. It was then that the imperialist United States fought a war with the puppet regime in South Vietnam. Students mainly from the U.S. and the UK participated in the anti-war protests. Contemporary demonstrations in the form of London March on 17 March against Vietnam War in 1968, and carried out a year before, the Washington march on the Pentagon went down to the history. Young people publicly burned their appointments to the army and refused to appear in military units.


Prior to the climax of the student anti-war opposition, at the beginning of the 60s the first signs of rebellion among college youth were visible. In the UK, there was a mass demonstration against nuclear armament, In Germany, academic and leftist society founded the Committee of Vietnamese which was supposed to stop U.S. military involvement in the Far East, and students from France wanted to withdraw troops from Algeria. Tet Offensive in 1968 made all realized that the U.S. military and the U.S. government are not omnipotent. Thanks to the numerous students’ anti-war demonstrations under the slogan "Make love, not war" and the attitude of the media, the U.S. government finally bowed down and withdrew its troops from Vietnam (although only after 5 years). A new counterculture-hippies grew from the pacifist movement of students in the U.S..