Archive | May, 1970

Anti-war protests in Fort Collins; “Old Main” campus building arsoned

8 May

A week of protest took place against the U.S. military invasion of Cambodia. Mere days prior to the escalation by anti-war students at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the National Guard had opened fire on protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.

On May 8th, an assembly was held for students to meet about campus anti-war protests.

Two thousand students marched on City Hall to demonstrate against the war, many students walking out of class. Some professors held “teach-ins” against the war instead of their regular lesson plans.

At about 10:45 pm police discovered that the “Old Main” building had been set on fire. The arson caused the build to burn to the ground. No one was injured, and no one was arrested or charged with the arson.

‘Minor riots’ are said to have taken place during the anti-war demonstrations.