SYNOPSIS: The protest began in the streets of Tokyo where thousands of demonstrators formed a chain and made their way to the airport.
SYNOPSIS: The protest began in the streets of Tokyo where thousands of demonstrators formed a chain and made their way to the airport. Built at a cost of two point six billion dollars (U.S.) the first stage of the airport has been run as a high-security military operation with constant fears by the authorities of further attacks. Four hundred demonstrators maintain a constant vigil outside the airport.
In the twelve years since work began on the airport at least five people have been killed and more than eight thousand injured in fighting between riot police and demonstrators. But the government is determined the airport should be fully operational, and safe, and despite the almost constant presence of protestors they are now going ahead with the airport's second stage.
Seventeen farming families are refusing to move from their land to enable the second stage to go ahead. They have the full support of the anti-airport lobby, mainly conservationists and student. More sabotage and interference has been promised.
And airport authorities are now facing even worse delays on the second stage than the first. Thirteen million dollars has already been spent on security alone.