1968 sees mass movements and protests

Tanks and the Prague Spring


As the decade comes to a close, the peace and love of the Swinging Sixties gives way to a year of violent and bloody protest across the globe.

Mass protest, civil disobedience raged throughout 1968 as a year of huge social unrest.

A huge backlash against state repression began with the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia.

The US suffered opposition to its was in Vietnam, against conscription, institutional racism and a fight for women’s liberation which all echoed across the globe.

France was rocked by a series of violent workers strikes and revolutionary student protests.

In an era of mass movements and mass media – many saw events across the world unfold on their TV for the first time.

There were protests against nuclear weapons, the troubles in Northern Ireland started with civil rights marches and 1968 became known as a year of potential revolution with mass demonstrations on state repression and injustice.

As anti-establishment spokesmen for the generation The Beatles were willingly drawn into the debate and along with another protagonist in our story, student leader, Tariq Ali.

Read the full blog: The Beatle, The Bankie & The Bouquet .

Photo montage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Jimmy Reid and in front of the Titan crane in the former shipyards of Clydebank

The full story behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s donation to Clyde shipbuilders of the UCS in 1971 as he went from Beatle to political and peace activist.

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