• Short Summary

    At Tachikawa, about 15 miles west of Tokyo, on Wednesday (27 December, 1972), nearly two thousand demonstrators led by prominent politicians gathered on the outskirts of the city's airbase to protest over the resiting of an air force rescue unit.

  • Description

    At Tachikawa, about 15 miles west of Tokyo, on Wednesday (27 December, 1972), nearly two thousand demonstrators led by prominent politicians gathered on the outskirts of the city's airbase to protest over the resiting of an air force rescue unit.

    The unit had previously been based nearer to Tokyo. The people of Tachikawa saw the move as a revival of Japanese military expansions. During World War Two, Tachikawa was used as an air force base, and again after the war by the occupying American forces.

    Although the Japanese government has stressed that the rescue unit has been moved primarily to provide quicker emergency services in the event of a major disaster, the local people have replied that any pervious move of military equipment has always meant an expansion.

    The demonstration was supposed to be a peaceful protest, but towards the end riot police moved in to disperse the crowds with tear gas and batons causing a few minor casualties.

    In spite of the demonstration, the rescue unit was quickly housed in its new quarters.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3D8JTO5B8QUHIOYS4LW03JXNV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3D8JTO5B8QUHIOYS4LW03JXNV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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