Three policemen died and at least another 100 were injured in Narita, Japan, on Thursday (September 16) during violent clashes with about 5,000 students and farmers.
Three policemen died and at least another 100 were injured in Narita, Japan, on Thursday (September 16) during violent clashes with about 5,000 students and farmers. The deaths came when about 5,000 riot police attempted to storm barricades put up by the rioters, who are trying to prevent Tokyo's second international airport being built on the site. The farmers want to keep the land for agriculture, and the students want to prevent possible future military use of an airport there. This film has some dramatic battle sequences -- the some battles in which the policemen were killed an injured.
SYNOPSIS: In the continuing airport riots in Japan three policemen died and at least another hundred were injured on Thursday, some very seriously, in Violent clashes with students and farmers. The demonstrators, who are objecting to the building of Tokyo's second international airport, had been fighting a pitched battle with police from behind barricades. The students want to prevent possible military use of an airport there, and the farmers want to keep the land for agriculture The deaths came when police, dressed in riot kit, attempted to rush the barricades with the support of water-cannons. Students wearing riot helmet retaliated by throwing missiles and petrol bombs, and one policeman died instantly in mass hand-to-hand fighting between five thousand police and an equal number of rioters. Another died at a battle-field first-aid centre and a third died later in hospital.
Hundreds of rioters were arrested. They had been manning a complex series of tunnels, barricades, fortresses and towers at the half-completed airport sit for some months, and in the three years of serious opposition to the airport the finishing date has so far been delayed by a year. And the battle, according to the students, is not yet over.