Stars and Stripes 4-14-1968 German Left Threatens New Violence (Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes covered the continuing riots that followed the attempted assassination of student leader Rudi Dutschke. The two headlines that accompany the article are highly inflammatory, and don’t seem to be supported by the articles that follow: “German Left Threatens New Violence” and “German Leftists Vow New Violence” are the headlines, yet nowhere in the article do any leftists seem to be promising violence. The articles detail how the police had “charged with clubs swinging” while “water-cannon trucks and mounted police stood at the ready.” SDS student leader actually was advocating violence of a sort; he rejected Gandhi-style non-violence, but instead advocated violence against property and violence to defend themselves.

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