On October 21st 1967 was the first major antiwar
demonstration in history, when around 100.000 people headed for the Pentagon in Washington to
demand an end to the Vietnam War and the return of U.S. troops home. It was the famous protest
MARCH ON THE PENTAGON.
The government of United States had never experienced an on
mass protest of this kind and in response to the amount of people that attend the demonstration,
the National Guard troops surrounded the Pentagon with an ostensibly defensive attitude. For
several hours the demonstrators were in front of the troops, and there were a couple of skirmishes
with the intent that the pacifists enter the Pentagon, resulting in a number of injuries and
Toward the end of the afternoon, the photographer Marc Riboud
saw one girl standing inches away from the bayonets of the soldiers.
"It was an extraordinary scene -recalls
Riboud-. A 17 years old girl saying, You can crush the flower, but we are brothers, we can
talk'. She just talked to them, tried to capture the look of the soldiers, trying to talk to them.
I felt that the soldiers were more afraid of her than she of the bayonets", says
Riboud approached the scene cautiously, taking photos under the soft, dim light of dusk, with the
last reel that was left in his camera. It was three decades after that he would know the name of
the girl. However, one of the photos he took (the contrast of the power of the armed forces and an
innocent hippie) would soon become a defining image of anti-war and so her images remain a fixture
in exhibitions and documentaries on pacifism and her photos are printed
This girl was JAN ROSE KASMIR...
In February 2003, almost forty years after the March on the Pentagon, she demonstrated for peace
against the war in Iraq in London (see photo at the top of the screen).
The Marc Riboud
(Attention: the last one of these
photos is unpublished. Explanation in the photo)
We have on sale the first one of these photos in
poster format (23.6 x 35.4 inches). Price: 5 € + postage and packing. Marc Riboud
himself has kindly given up its rights for this printing. Founds obtained in this way
will be entirely devoted to our work for peace. Please write to