Hanoi March

The Hanoi March, a/k/a Hanoi Parade, was a propaganda event held on July 6, 1966 where members of the North Vietnamese Army paraded 52 American prisoners of war through the streets of Hanoi before tens of thousands of North Vietnamese civilians. The march quickly became violent with North Vietnamese civilians beating the POWs along the two-mile route with the guards failing to control the attackers.

Occurring relatively early in the war, the event highlighted the mistreatment of American prisoners and brought international criticism down upon the Hanoi regime. Later, as the war became increasingly unpopular in the United States and abroad, concern for the welfare of captured U.S. service members would become one of the few areas of common ground between opponents and supporters of the conflict.