• Short Summary

    IT STARTED OFF AS A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION - A CROWD OF 100,000 PEOPLE IN TOKYO PROTESTING AGAINST THE REVISION OF THE JAPAN-U.

  • Description

    IT STARTED OFF AS A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION - A CROWD OF 100,000 PEOPLE IN TOKYO PROTESTING AGAINST THE REVISION OF THE JAPAN-U.S. SECURITY PACT NOW UNDER DISCUSSION BY THE JAPANESE DIET.

    ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND THE BIG TRADE UNION. "SOHYO," THIS WAS THE BIGGEST YET DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE PACT... AND SENSING TROUBLE SOME 6,000 POLICEMEN WERE MOBILISED TO PREVENT INCIDENTS.

    FIREY SPEECHES BY COMMUNIST PARTY SECRETARY GENERAL SANZO NOZAKA AND OTHERS. AND A COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION BY THE RIGHTWING JAPAN PATRIOTIC PARTY WERE THE SIGNAL FOR A RUSH TOWARD THE DIET BUILDING AND ENSUING SCUFFLE WITH THE POLICE.

    THE CROWD SHOUTING SLOGANS BROKE POLICE CORDONS IN THE MELEE, BUT ALERT POLICEMEN LOCKED ALL ENTRANCES TO THE DIET AND PREVENTED THEIR ENTRY TO THE BUILDING ITSELF. MEANWHILE, A POLICE HELICOPTER COVERED AROUND THE CROWD DIRECTING POLICE ARMOURED CARS AND REINFORCEMENTS TO TROUBLE POCKETS.

    POLICE REPORTS SAID MORE THAN 400 DEMONSTRATORS AND 227 POLICEMEN WERE INJURED IN THE SKIRMISHERS. AT LEAST 12 POLICEMEN WERE HOSPITALISED.

    A TOTAL OF 2,500,000 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED TO HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE "ANTI-PACT" DEMONSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT JAPAN.

    CORRESPONDENTS SAY JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IS HOWEVER DETERMINED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE PACT AND SIGNING OF THE NEW AGREEMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE HELD IN WASHINGTON EARLY JANUARY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6KTM46KNX2A0QDTLLFKDUB9W0
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KTM46KNX2A0QDTLLFKDUB9W0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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