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    STUDENTS HURLED PETROL BOMBS AND STONES FROM THE ROOF OF A BLAZING THREE-STOREY UNIVERSITY BUILDING IN SAPPORO, THE MAIN CITY ON JAPAN'S HOKKAIDO ISLAND, AS 2,000 RIOT POLICE AND FIREMEN FOUGHT A BATTLE ON THE CAMPUS.

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    STUDENTS HURLED PETROL BOMBS AND STONES FROM THE ROOF OF A BLAZING THREE-STOREY UNIVERSITY BUILDING IN SAPPORO, THE MAIN CITY ON JAPAN'S HOKKAIDO ISLAND, AS 2,000 RIOT POLICE AND FIREMEN FOUGHT A BATTLE ON THE CAMPUS.

    POLICE WERE CALLED IN BY AUTHORITIES AT HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY TO CLEAR BARRICADES FROM ARTS FACULTY BUILDING AND THE LIBRARY WHICH HAVE BEEN BLOCKADED BY REBEL STUDENTS SINCE LAST SUMMER.

    A SMALL GROUP OF DIEHARD STUDENTS STOOD THEIR GROUND --- ON THE ROOF OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, WHOSE SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS WERE GUTTED.

    POLICE AND FIREMEN TRAINED HOSES ON TO THE AREA BUT THE STUDENTS REFUSED TO COME DOWN. INSTEAD THEY RETALIATED BY HURLING PETROL BOMBS, ROCKS AND TABLES AND CHAIRS AT THE BESIEGING POLICE.

    THE ROOFTOP GROUP WAS SUPPORTED BY ABOUT 500 OTHER STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE CAMPUS WHO THREW STONES AT THE POLICE. MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE -- POLICE, FIREMEN AND STUDENTS -- WERE INJURED IN THE FIERCE FIGHTING.

    STUDENT UNREST IS WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT JAPAN AND SINCE LAST SUMMER TROUBLE HAS FLARED AT MANY OF THE COUNTRY'S 580 UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES.

    NOW THE AUTHORITIES HAVE DICTATED A TOUGHER LINE WITH DISSIDENT STUDENTS, SPURRED ON BY THE FEAR THAT WIDESPREAD RIOTING WILL OCCUR WHEN JAPAN'S PRIME MINISTER SATO LEAVES ON NOVEMBER 17 FOR A GOODWILL VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAA8DYBOKRV7EQGV3HJIG2XU3I
    Media URN:
    VLVAAA8DYBOKRV7EQGV3HJIG2XU3I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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