• Short Summary

    FOUR THOUSAND RIOT POLICE YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) BATTLED WITH 1,000 HELMETED STUDENTS PROTESTING AGAINST THE BUILDING OF TOKYO'S SECOND AIRPORT AT NARITA.

  • Description

    FOUR THOUSAND RIOT POLICE YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) BATTLED WITH 1,000 HELMETED STUDENTS PROTESTING AGAINST THE BUILDING OF TOKYO'S SECOND AIRPORT AT NARITA. THE FIVE HOUR CLASH -- THE THIRD AT NARITA SINCE 26 FEBRUARY -- LEFT 43 INJURED AND 51 STUDENTS DETAINED.

    THE MILITANT STUDENTS, WHO BELONG TO SAMPA, A FACTION WITHIN THE ZENGAKUREN STUDENTS ORGANISATION, OPPOSE THE AIRPORT ON THE GROUNDS IT WOULD BE USED BY UNITED STATES MILITARY AIRCRAFT.

    THE PROTEST STARTED AS A PEACEFUL RALLY BY FARMERS WHO CLAIM THEY WILL LOSE THEIR FARMS UNDER THE AIRPORT PLANS. THE STUDENTS JOINED THE RALLY AND QUICKLY RESORTED TO VIOLENCE.

    THE STUDENTS SMASHED WINDOWS OF A POLICE DORMITORY WITH STAVES AND STONES, THEN MARCHED ON THE AIRPORT OFFICES WHERE ABOUT 4,000 POLICE WAITED IN FULL RIOT GEAR.

    STUDENTS AND POLICE GLARED AT EACH OTHER ACROSS AT HEAVY WIRE-NET BARRICADE BEFORE THE STUDENTS BROKE THROUGH THE BARRICADE WITH CUTTERS AND STORMED THE OFFICE COMPOUND.

    THEY FLUNG STAVES AND HURLED STONES AND POLICE ANSWERED WITH WATER CANNONS.

    THE DECLARED AIM OF THE STUDENT ORGANISATION BEHIND THE DEMONSTRATIONS IS TO FORCE THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO REVOKE THE 1960 SECURITY TREATY WITH THE UNITED STATES IN 1970 WHEN IT CAN BE REVIEWED.

    TREATY REVIEW IS NOT AUTOMATIC IN 1970. THE AGREEMENT HERELY PROVIDES THAT IF EITHER PARTY WISHES, A SECOND LOOK CAN BE TAKEN AT THE AGREEMENT, WHICH ASSURES JAPANESE SECURITY IN RETURN FOR THE USE OF JAPANESE BASES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2L2AKYA7ANWROB1S8SBGSWZWH
    Media URN:
    VLVA2L2AKYA7ANWROB1S8SBGSWZWH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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