Tokyo, Japan - About five hundred students from the left-wing Zengakuren organization clashed with police, on May 23.
Tokyo, Japan - About five hundred students from the left-wing Zengakuren organization clashed with police, on May 23. The students demanded the resignation of the pro-Western Cabinet of Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda on the eve of his departure for the United States.
Ikeda is scheduled to visit the U.S. in June, to hold talks with President Kennedy on the subject of strengthening cooperation between America and Japan.
The students belong to the organization which exactly a year ago staged the riots in Tokyo that caused the downfall of Ikeda's predecessor, Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and at the same time quashed the plans for a State visit to Japan by President Eisenhower.
Since the recent anti-Communist Army take over of power in South Korea, the Japanese students have been agitating against the Ikeda Cabinet, for the American withdrawal from South Korea, and for closer Japanese cooperation with the Chinese People's Republic.
The May 23 clash was touched off when the students gathered in Hibiya Park without previously notifying the police (as required by law). The students dispersed near Shimbashi Station after a three-mile snake-march, brandishing red flags and placards and disrupting traffic.