Supporters of the "Chicago 7" will march through Boston today to protest yesterday's verdict in the five-month. Chicago conspiracy trial.
The 10-woman, two-man jury returned to the courtroom yesterday with a split verdict-acquitting all seven defendants on conspiracy charges, but finding five men guilty of crossing state lines with the intent of inciting a riot.
Only John Froines and Lee Weiner were acquitted on both the conspiracy charge and an additional count of teaching the use of incendiary devices. An eighth defendant. Bobby Seale, is being tried separately.
The five others-David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, and Jerry Rubin-now face maximum sentences of five years in prison and $10,000.
Federal Judge Julius J. Hoffman did not set a date for sentencing. Declaring, "I find the men in this trial too dangerous to be at large," Hoffman denied bail to the five convicted defendants.
The announcement of the verdict brought an immediate reaction from the defendants' supporters around the country. About 1500 demonstrators marched to the court house in Seattle, Wash., yesterday breaking windows and fighting with police. Other demonstrations were reported in Chicago, New York, and Berkeley.
In Boston, the November Action Coalition said they will hold a rally at 4 p. m. today at the Park St. subway station and march to Post Office Square.
NAC spokesmen said the demonstration will be "disciplined and orderly. We will not initiate violence." They added, however, "We will not let ourselves be attacked and mauled without appropriate defense."
Permit In Question
March organizers have not yet received a permit for the demonstration, but representatives of NAC and the mayor's office met yesterday and will continue to meet today to work out a march route.
A previous parade permit, allowing the demonstrators to march during the three-day holiday weekend, ran out Monday night. The mayor's office has refused to grant the permit for 4 p. m. because the march route cuts across the rush hour traffic pattern.
News of the demonstration brought an equally strong reaction from Boston patrolman Richard G. MacEachern, president of the National Patrolman's Assn., who yesterday called on policemen "to meet force with force."
"All patrolmen in the United States should take this as an outright challenge and threat to not only themselves but the very basic idea of freedom in America," MacEachern said.
"If the group that is attempting to coerce the basic concept of law and order-with regard to the trials in Chicago-assumes they will succeed, let them know they will receive as much force as they wish to exert," he added.
Hours after MacEachern's statement appeared in the press, two people fired a shotgun blast at him as he emerged from a tavern in Roxbury.
MacEachern, who was uninjured, said the persons shouted "Fuck you and fuzzy too" out their ear window before firing the blast and driving off. "Fuzzy" is the name of a pig which MacEachern convinced the police department to adopt as a mascot last December.