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In May of 1970 the United States and South Vietnam invaded Cambodia. The same month four students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during an anti-war protest at Kent State University. These two events sparked massive protests on college and university campuses across the United States. Students and teachers at the University of Massachusetts organized a "'massive withdrawal' of funds from local banks in a drive to 'stop war dollars.'" A spokesman for the protesters, Dr. Gerald Gruman told the associated press that, "We figure for every dollar withdrawn about $5 will be removed from war resources." Elsewhere in New England, students held sit-ins at Selective Service Centers. Students and teachers on other campuses voted to suspend classes so that students could help with political campaigns. These were all parts of a nationwide "strike" to end the war that occurred on college campuses.