• Short Summary

    A TWO-DAY SIEGE OF TOKYO UNIVERSITY BY DEFIANT STUDENTS ENDED TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN POLICE BATTLED THEIR WAY THROUGH NINE BARRICADED FLOORS OF THE MAIN UNIVERSITY BUILDING.

  • Description

    A TWO-DAY SIEGE OF TOKYO UNIVERSITY BY DEFIANT STUDENTS ENDED TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN POLICE BATTLED THEIR WAY THROUGH NINE BARRICADED FLOORS OF THE MAIN UNIVERSITY BUILDING. THE POLICE TOOK CONTROL OF THE BUILDING AS A GROUP OF STUDENTS CONTINUED TO DENOUNCE JAPAN'S DEFENCE TIES WITH THE UNITED STATES FROM THE ROOF-TOP. AT THE SAME TIME, THOUSANDS OF POLICE CONVERGED ON A NEARBY UNIVERSITY DISTRICT WHERE OTHER STUDENTS HAD BLOCKADED THE STREETS.

    ABOUT 400 LEFT-WING STUDENTS HAD HELD OUT FOR TWO DAYS IN TOKYO UNIVERSITY'S YASUDA ASSEMBLY HALL AND THE NEARBY ENGINEERING COLLEGE AGAINST 9,000 POLICE. THE STUDENTS BOMBARDED POLICE WITH MOLOTO??? COCKTAILS, ROCKS AND ACID BOMBS IN REPLY TO POLICE USE OF WATER CANNON AND TEAR-GAS.

    MORE THAN 500 STUDENTS WERE ARRESTED IN THE TWO-DAY BATTLE, WITH ABOUT 200 POLICE AND 30 STUDENTS BEING INJURED.

    THE STUDENTS HAD OCCUPIED THE ASSEMBLY HALL FOR SEVEN MONTHS.

    A FURTHER 1,000 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAD BARRICADED THEMSELVES INTO A SQUARE MILE (3 SQ. KMS) AREA OF TOKYO, SETTING FIRE TO PETROL-SOAKED BARRICADES.

    IN RUNNING STREET BATTLES, STUDENTS BOMBARDED THE POLICE WITH PIECES OF STREET PAVING AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY FROM CHUO AND MEIJI UNIVERSITY TO HELP THE STUDENTS AT TOKYO UNIVERSITY.

    POLICE WERE WAITING FOR THEM NEAR THE OCHANOMIZU BRIDGE, WHERE THE WORST CLASHES OCCURRED NEAR THE RAILWAY STATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6FIM9SXC7R2SQUES6UCJ3WNSP
    Media URN:
    VLVA6FIM9SXC7R2SQUES6UCJ3WNSP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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