Some ten thousand Japanese demonstrators - organised by the left-wing Labour Union "Sohyo", and other militant associations - paraded outside the American Naval Air Station at Yamato City, near Atsugi, July 10, demanding the removal of U.
YAMATO CITY, nr ATSUGI, JAPAN 10 July 1960 (REUTERS)
LV Students in procession outside Atsugi base.
TV Ditto. Past troops lined 6 deep.
LV PAN.. DITTO.
CU PAN.. From feet PAN UP TO Students.
SCU Soldier with 'walkie-talkie' radio.
SV Troops inside wire fence.
SCU Demonstrator talks to students.
SV Sign "Yanks go home".
TV Demonstrators in procession.
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Background: Some ten thousand Japanese demonstrators - organised by the left-wing Labour Union "Sohyo", and other militant associations - paraded outside the American Naval Air Station at Yamato City, near Atsugi, July 10, demanding the removal of U.S. military bases and U-2 reconaissance planes from Japan. A massive 15-mile procession through the city streets, snake-dancing and zig-zagging all the way, they took an hour to pass the air station.
Earlier, a delegation of 30 drove up to the main gate from the rallying point and handed over a statement demanding removal of U-2 planes from Atsugi. Addressing the rally before the march, Chairman of the Social Democratic party, Inajiro Asanume, declared "Forward to the victory, till the invalidation of the new Japan-U.S. Security treaty."
Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr. Fujiyama, announced July 11 that the United States had withdrawn its U-2 aircraft from Japan. The Japanese Government had made informal requests for their withdrawal. He said that U.S. Ambassador, Douglas MacArthur, had officially advised that the planes had been withdrawn "upon the completion several weeks ago of their mission of weather observation." Mr. Fujiyama added that the removal of the planes would relieve public anxieties.