25,000 Japanese students yesterday (Sunday) staged a massive demonstration against the renewal of the United States - Japan Security Pact due to be signed in a year from now.
25,000 Japanese students yesterday (Sunday) staged a massive demonstration against the renewal of the United States - Japan Security Pact due to be signed in a year from now. The demonstration, in the heart of Tokyo, brought 5000 steel helmeted riot police into the streets.
The pact was signed in June 1960, and is due for renewal automatically in June 1970. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is apparently determined to renew the treaty, and the students are just as determined that it shall not be renewed. They are trying to rally support from the Japanese public, as well as various Leftist organisations within the Universities.
The tactics successfully developed by the students over the years were in evidence on Sunday. Along with steel helmets sported by girls as well as men, there was the jog trot said to be almost irresistable by riot police. The only significant feature missing was the long pole which has recently come into favour as an offensive weapon in clashes with the police.
The police were out in force....more than 5,000 of them complete with steel helmets and shields. They tried to remove known student leaders from the trotting column before the great rally began, but apparently had little success. A few scuffles broke out, but the students reached the Music Hall in Tokyo's centre where they passed a resolution opposing the automatic renewal of the treaty.