US anti-Viet­nam war ac­tivist Hay­den dies

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Peace ac­tivist Tom Hay­den, whose rad­i­cal views were at the fore­front of the anti-Viet­nam War move­ment in the 1960s, has died. He was 76. Hay­den’s wife, Cana­dian ac­tress and author Bar­bara Wil­liams, told CNN that he died late Sun­day at the UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia, from com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to a 2015 stroke. He is also sur­vived by the cou­ple’s son, Liam. On Twit­ter, his of­fi­cial ac­count hailed him as a “1960s rad­i­cal who be­came a cham­pion of lib­eral causes.” Hay­den was a member of the “Chicago 7” con­victed on fed­eral charges of con­spir­acy and in­cite­ment to riot over anti-Viet­nam War protests at the 1968 Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion. The con­vic­tion was over­turned on ap­peal. As an ide­o­log­i­cal leader of the in­flu­en­tial Stu­dents for a Demo­cratic So­ci­ety, he au­thored its Port Huron state­ment, a vi­sion­ary doc­u­ment that still in­spires anti-author­i­tar­ian and pro-democ­racy move­ments to­day.

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