About sixteen thousand people demonstrated outside the United States naval base at Yokosuka, near Tokyo, on Sunday (7 October) to protest the presence of their U.
About sixteen thousand people demonstrated outside the United States naval base at Yokosuka, near Tokyo, on Sunday (7 October) to protest the presence of their U.S. Navy's attack aircraft carrier "Midway".
The carrier arrive at Yo??? on Friday (5 October) and is scheduled to use the port as its Home base for at least the next three years. The protestors were demonstrating against the Midway's nuclear capability, and generally against the United States-Japan Security Pact which allows the Midway to base in Japan.
Massed ranks of riot police were on hand to contain the demonstrators in a nearby park. But the protestors broke out of the cordon and marched to the main gates of the huge naval complex.
Despite the large number of demonstrators, there were few violent incidents, and only four arrests were made. But more demonstrations are expected later in the month, with increased possibility of violence as student and radical groups unify behind the issue of the Midway's presence in Japan.
SYNOPSIS: The U.S. Naval Base at Yukosuka near Tokyo was the rallying point for some 16,000 angry students and unionists on Sunday. The were protesting at the arrival of the U.S. attack carrier "Midway" which is to make the base its home port. The ship arrived least Friday. It's expected to operates out of Yokosuka for the next three years. Its task with be m??? to ??? activities of Soviet Navy vass??? in the area. The demonstrators were protesting specifically against the Midway's nuclear capability, and more generally, they were angry at the United States - Japan Security Pact which allows the Midway to base in Japan.
As the demonstrators grew more militant, riot police prepared for clashes. The dissenters had been told to remain inside a nearby park. They broke out. Violence flared, but only four arrests were made. More demonstrations are expected later this month.