The article "No Parking at Nicaragua Protest Drives Activists to Charge Repression" (Times, Oct. 4) requires a few supplementations to give an accurate account of the demonstration on Sept. 27 at the Federal Building.
First, the statement, "2,500 pro-and anti-Administration demonstrators assembled" needs refinement: There were at best some 50 pro-Administration demonstrators and over 2,000 anti-Administration demonstrators, and it is only the latter that had a permit for the demonstration. That permit was obtained, after being initially denied, by the combined efforts of the ACLU and the office of Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Los Angeles). Kay Van Horn, at Rep. Beilenson's request, spent the better part of one day communicating with local authorities and those in San Francisco to ensure that First Amendment rights were protected in his district. Because of her efforts there was no need for the ACLU to intervene, and the First Amendment was upheld at the Federal Building. on Sept. 27.