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    A MEMBER OF THE OKINAWA LEGISLATURE INJURED IN INCIDENTS DURING A STRIKE BY WORKERS AT A U.

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    A MEMBER OF THE OKINAWA LEGISLATURE INJURED IN INCIDENTS DURING A STRIKE BY WORKERS AT A U.S. AIRBASE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF NAHA, CAPITAL OF THE RYUKYU ISLANDS, ON THURSDAY (5 JUNE).

    TSUMICHIYO ASATO, CHAIRMAN OF THE OPPOSITION SOCIALIST MASSES PARTY AND AN OKINAWAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, RECEIVED SLIGHT INJURIES TO HIS LEFT HAND AND HAD HIS COAT AND SHIRT CUT IN SEVERAL PLACES WHEN HE WAS PUSHED AGAINST AN AMERICAN MILITARY POLICEMAN CARRYING A BAYONETTED CARBINE.

    SOME 37,000 WORKERS ON THE U.S. BASE AT OKINAWA, INCLUDING ABOUT 20,000 MEMBERS OF THE ALL-OKINAWA MILITARY WORKERS UNION, BEGAN THE 24-HOUR STRIKE AT MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY. ITS PURPOSE WAS TO DEMAND A WAGE RISE AND OPPOSE A MASS DISCHARGE OF EMPLOYEES. CLASHES OCCURRED WHEN AMERICAN MILITARY POLICE AND TROOPS, WITH FIXED BAYONETS, ATTEMPTED TO REMOVE PICKETS SET UP BY THE UNIONISTS. THE STRIKERS, ANGERED BY THE TROOPS, MENACED A BUS FULL OF SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM THE BASE, AND FURTHER CONFRONTATIONS OCCURRED AS THEY TRIED TO OVERTURN A CAR NEAR THE BASE.

    THE MAJOR OKINAWAN POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE LODGED A PROTEST WITH THE U.S MILITARY IN OKINAWA OVER THE INCIDENTS. AND IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT BOTH THE AMERICAN AND THE JAPANESE SIDES SHOULD HOLD A FULL EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ON MEASURES TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE OF SUCH TROUBLE.

    OKINAWA IS ONE OF THE PLACES OVER WHICH JAPANESE RADICALS HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATING RECENTLY FOR A WITHDRAWAL OF AMERICAN TROOPS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2SUYH5VWKT3CS4DWFRFN310D0
    Media URN:
    VLVA2SUYH5VWKT3CS4DWFRFN310D0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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