SYNOPSIS: The protest began in the streets of Tokyo where thousands of demonstrators formed a chain and made their way to the airport.
SV demonstrators chain dancing through streets of Tokyo on route to NARITA airport
SV riot police standing by on roadside as demonstrators file past (THREE SHOTS)
SV PAN aircraft arriving at Narita airport PAN TO demonstrators on runway waving flags and chanting slogans
LV demonstrators chanting on edge of airfield
SV demonstrator setting fire to grass alongside runway (TWO SHOTS)
LV PAN FROM burning embankment to demonstrators filing past chanting
SV ZOOM OUT FROM flames to demonstrators filing around perimeter of airfield and chanting (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: 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.