The debate in the Japanese Parliament on the United States handover of Okinawa has sparked off violent clashes in Tokyo between police and radical students who are opposed to the terms of the treaty.
AERIAL VIEW fires burning and students massed in street
AERIAL VIEW police charging down street
SV & MV Riot gas and police vehicle burning (2 shots)
MV PAN police running down street
MV & SCU Police gathered round badly-burned policeman on ground (2 shots)
MV Wreckage caused by petrol bombs
AERIAL VIEW Ikebukuro railway station
MV Smashed window and damage in railway carriage (2 shots)
MV PAN students massed in city street
MV Police collecting unused petrol bombs TILT UP TO sign Ikebukuro
MV (Evening) police charging down street (2 shots)
MV Smoke from fire bombs
SV Fire burning
SV Water-cannon spraying debris
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Background: The debate in the Japanese Parliament on the United States handover of Okinawa has sparked off violent clashes in Tokyo between police and radical students who are opposed to the terms of the treaty.
The students staged guerrilla-style attacks in various parts of the city. Two focal points were the railway terminus at Shibuya, where two policemen were injured, one fatally, by fire bombs, the other at Ikebukuro, where students badly damaged a train and injured seven passengers.
SYNOPSIS: In Tokyo, radical students staged demonstrations and guerrilla-style attacks in various parts of the city on Sunday. The student actions led to violent clashes with riot police. In the Shibuya commercial district, 12- thousand police were guarding key points including the important railway terminus Near this point a column of police were ambushed by students armed with petrol bombs.
Two policemen were set on fire and suffered serious burns before their colleagues managed to extinguish their blazing clothes. One, aged 21, died next day.
Another focal point was at a railway station in northern Tokyo, where students attacked a train, injuring seven passengers and badly damaging one carriage. The student action was in protest at the terms of the treaty under which the United States is to hand over Okinawa. The treaty was being debated in the Japanese parliament. Police managed to capture a collection of unused petrol-bombs, but the rioting continued in various parts of the city until late evening. There were further demonstrations on Monday, but the rioting appeared to have burnt itself out.