INTRODUCTION: Demonstrators and police clashed in Japan over the weekend, when 12,000 people turned out to protest against the planned construction of Tokyo's new international airport at Narita, outside Tokyo.
ARRIVAL VIEW Demonstrators marching towards site of new airport, Narita, Japan'
ARRIVAL VIEW Demonstrators massed at rallying point
GV PAN AND GVs Demonstrators carrying banners and speaker addressing rally (3 shots)
ARRIVAL VIEW Long line of demonstrators marching along road to airport, and protest tower at airport
GVs Demonstrators marching and scuffle ensuing (2 shots)
ARRIVAL VIEWS airport site (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Demonstrators and police clashed in Japan over the weekend, when 12,000 people turned out to protest against the planned construction of Tokyo's new international airport at Narita, outside Tokyo. The airport has been under construction - and under attack -- for several years.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration began peacefully with rally held at a nearby park. A five-point resolution was adopted, including action to prevent the completion of the airport. But violence soon broke out, when demonstrators marched to the airport construction site. A group of 1,000 left-wing extremists, who joined farmers and civic activists in the protest march, began hurling stones at police. The left-wing group also clashed with other protest marchers when they tried to overturn a truck. Seven people were arrested and 24 others were reported injured. Five thousand riot police were on duty at the airport construction area. The action was aimed primarily at government plans to pull down two concrete towers - one 31 metres (100 feet) high and the other twice that height -- erected by opponents of the airport at the end of the runways to prevent' planes from leading.
Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda's new government wants to open Narita airport later this year.