In Tokyo, May 26, huge crowds - estimated at 150,000 - swarmed round the Parliament building and Premier Kishi's official residence in a massive demonstration against the revised security treaty with the U.
In Tokyo, May 26, huge crowds - estimated at 150,000 - swarmed round the Parliament building and Premier Kishi's official residence in a massive demonstration against the revised security treaty with the U.S.
Many of the demonstrators were trade unionists, members of left wing and Communist organizations and students. Carrying banners and flags, and chanting slogans, they paraded for several hours round the barricades guarding the Premier's house and outside the U.S. Embassy. Petitions against the treaty and bearing thousands of signatures were presented at a Government building near Parliament. Police were present in force, but there was little violence. At the same time big protests were taking other big protests were taking place throughout Japan.
It was the climax to seven days of demonstrations, and coincided with the date when the Parliamentary session should have ended. The session was extended for 50 days by Premier Kishi's Conservative Government - at a stormy meeting of Parliament May 20 - to help obtain ratification of the treaty.
The two Socialists Opposition parties have begun a complete boycott of Parliament, but this will not automatically prevent ratification of the treaty. In spite of opposition from his within his own party Premier Kishi has so far rejected all demands for his resignation and the dissolution of Parliament.