About three thousand Japanese demonstrators jeered the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway when she?
About three thousand Japanese demonstrators jeered the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway when she docked at the US naval base of Yukusuka, near Yokohama on Friday (5th October).
The demonstrators were objecting to Japan's role as home-base for the 51,000 ton warship, and to the carrier's nuclear capability. Riot police arrested a few of the demonstrators but no major clashes were reported.
Under the terms of the US-Japan Security Pact, the Midway is expected to remain at its new home-base for at least three years. Families of crewmen have already moved from the warship's former base in the United State to Yokusuka. So far, 360 families have arrived; a total of 1,000 families are expected.
SYNOPSIS: The US Navy aircraft carrier, Midway, came into berth at Yokusuka in Japan on Friday its new home base for at least the next three years.
The warship is stationed near the major port of Yokohama under the terms of the US-Japan security pact.
360 families of crewmen have already moved to Yokusuka from the Midway's former base in the United States.
A total of 1,000 families are expected to join their men in Japan.
Several thousand demonstrators jeered the Midway and chanted anti-US slogans. They were objecting to the use of Japan as home-base for the warship, and to the nuclear capability of the 51,000 ton ship. More demonstrations against the Midway were planned for the following days.
Riot police arrested a few of the demonstrators. But the clashes were not serious compared to the violent riots in 1970, when students staged repeated demonstrations against the US presence in Japan.