• Short Summary

    1,200 RIOT POLICE FOUGHT A FIERCE 2-DAY BATTLE AT HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY IN ORDER TO EVICT ABOUT 30 STUDENTS WHO HAD BARRICADED THEMSELVES IN THE BUILDING FOR OVER 3 MONTHS.

  • Description

    1,200 RIOT POLICE FOUGHT A FIERCE 2-DAY BATTLE AT HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY IN ORDER TO EVICT ABOUT 30 STUDENTS WHO HAD BARRICADED THEMSELVES IN THE BUILDING FOR OVER 3 MONTHS. THE STUDENTS USED ROCKS AND MOLOTOV COCKTAILS TO DEPEND THEMSELVES, AND THE POLICE USED TEAR GAS AND WATER JETS.

    THE STUDENTS WERE PROTESTING AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY'S ADMINISTRATION METHODS. HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY IS ONE OF 66 UNIVERSITIES DESIGNATED BY THE JAPANESE EDUCATION MINISTRY AS AN ARENA OF SERIOUS CAMPUS DISPUTE. THIS MEANS THAT UNDER RECENT LAWS PASSED, IF THE DISPUTE ARE NOT SETTLED WITHIN A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME, THE UNIVERSITY CAN BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED, OR EVEN SHUT DOWN ALTOGETHER BY THE MINISTRY.

    THE HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY AUTHORITIES HAD ASKED THE POLICE TO FREE THE CAMPUS IN PREPARATION FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR WHICH BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER.

    ONE OF THE MOLOTOV ??? SET THE STUDENT HALL ON FIRE. HAMPERED BY SOLID BARRICADES, RIOT POLICE WERE UNABLE TO MOVE IN FURTHER THAN THE 2ND FLOOR OF THE SIX-STOREY BUILDING ON THE FIRST DAY. (SUNDAY) ON MONDAY MORNING (AUGUST 18) THE POLICE RESUMED THEIR ATTEMPTS, AND MANAGED TO REMOVE THE BARRICADES. AFTER SEVERAL FIERCE CLASHES THEY ARRESTED THE STUDENTS. AMONG THOSE ARRESTED WAS A BRITISH PACIFIST, CHRIS COWLEY, 31, AND HIS JAPANESE WIFE, ATSUKO COWLEY, 22. THEY WERE CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING ON TOP OF THE FACULTY BUILDING.

    ONCE THE BATTLE WAS OVER, MR. SOICHI ILJIMA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY INSPECTED THE DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING AND THE CAMPUS. LITTERED WITH THE DEBRIS OF KOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND GASOLINE CANS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA43KN360CE98S8YETILVX3M5Q9
    Media URN:
    VLVA43KN360CE98S8YETILVX3M5Q9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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