In 1968, students and workers around the globe took to the streets, demanding an end to the war in Vietnam, democratic reforms and a radical change of society. What were these protests about and what lasting effects did they have?
France, 3 May 1968. For weeks, students at the newly built campus of Nanterre in the outskirts of Paris had been protesting. That day in early May, students at the Sorbonne campus in the centre of Paris also met to protest. Police charged into the Sorbonne, clashing with students and arresting 600. Instead of quelling the protest movement, they added flames to the fire. The following Monday, 15,000 students joined the protests. The police made 80 arrests and some 500 students were wounded. It didn’t take long for the protests to reach other French cities.
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