There have been more violent protests against the proposed new airport at Narita near Tokyo, Japan.
SV Speaker addressing crowd at Narita airport, Japan
SV Another speaker
SV Crowd applauding (2 shots)
SV Crowd listening (2 shots)
GV Helicopter flying over demonstrators
SV Demonstrators chanting and snake dancing
SV Demonstrators by gate
SV Police move up more barriers and fight with demonstrators (4 shots)
GV PAN Demonstrators and soldiers
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Background: There have been more violent protests against the proposed new airport at Narita near Tokyo, Japan. The third such demonstration in five weeks took place on Sunday (29 May).
SYNOPSIS: In speeches to an estimated 8,300 left-wing students and neighbouring farmers, speakers accused police of murdering a 27 year old man at a rally on May the eighth by firing a tear gas round at him at point blank range.
Opposition to the new airport began eleven years ago. Farmers said that the noise of big jets would have a bad effect on their livelihood and reduce the value of their land. Since then the left wing has taken up their cause and there have been many demonstrations. More than five thousand riot police were at Narita, on Sunday hoping to prevent clashes like the one on May the eighth, when 400 people were injured -- two of them fatally.
The airport is due to open later this year and the demonstrators' wrath is increasing as the date approaches. Reports say that it was a group of radicals who stimulated the violence that occurred on Sunday, when the demonstrators marched on the airport construction site. It's reported that at least 70 protesters were arrested during the clashes. There was no immediate report on the number of people injured.