Japanese riot police took action against about five thousand young demonstrators trying to prevent the shipment of Vietnam-bound vehicles from an American supply base at Sagamihara, near Yokohama port, on Monday night (18 SEPTEMBER).
GTV Demonstrators and police outside Sagamihara base (NIGHT SCENE)
SV Bonfire outside depot, PAN to demonstrators
LV Police fire water cannon at demonstrators and stones thrown at police (3 shots)
GV PAN.. demonstrators sit down and riot police remove them (3 shots)
SV Demonstrator arrested
GV Sun rising
SV PAN from US Army sign to truck leaving base, surrounded by demonstrators
GTV Trucks stopped by demonstrators and police remove squatters from road (3 shots)
SV Trucks along road through crowd of demonstrators
AIR V..along highway on route to docks
GV Trucks arrive dockyard with demonstrators waving fists as they pass (2 shots)
HELMETED DEMONSTRATORS AND RIOT POLICE OUTSIDE BASE; BONFIRE LIT BY DEMONSTRATORS; POLICE FIRE WATER CANNON; SIT-DOWN PROTEST; DEMONSTRATORS TRY TO BLOCK TRUCKS; TRUCKS MOVE THROUGH DEMONSTRATORS.
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Background: Japanese riot police took action against about five thousand young demonstrators trying to prevent the shipment of Vietnam-bound vehicles from an American supply base at Sagamihara, near Yokohama port, on Monday night (18 SEPTEMBER).
The protesters staged a sit-in demonstration during the night at the main gate of the base. In the morning, they tried to stop trucks carrying armoured personnel carriers from leaving, but police moved in and dispersed the crowd.
Police said 27 people were arrested for obstruction and 75 policemen were injured during the demonstration, mostly by thrown stones.
Five thousand police were needed to disperse the demonstrators and to line the route from the supply base to Yokohama port.
The shipment of military supplies to Vietnam from the base had been stopped for a month after protesters successfully claimed that tank transporters exceeded highway weight limits.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators confronted police outside an American supply base near Yokohama throughout Monday night. They were protesting at the shipment of military supplies from Japan to South Vietnam.
Police used water cannon against the demonstrators, who replied by hurling stones.
Several hundred demonstrators, wearing helmets and gas masks, sat down in front of the main gates to the base to try and prevent trucks carrying armoured personnel carriers from leaving. The riot police moved into disperse them and in the struggle seventy-five policemen were reported hurt, mostly from flying stones.
Police said twenty-seven people were arrested for obstruction.
In the morning, ten trucks carrying the armoured personnel carriers wrapped in canvas covers, began to drive out of the American base.
They were stopped briefly by demonstrators sitting on the road, but police moved in again and the trucks drove on to Yokohama port under a heavy police escort. It took five-thousand policemen to clear demonstrators from outside the base and to Line the route to the Yokohama docka. The ??? is used to ??? and other Army vehicles damaged in the Vietnam fighting, drawing protests from groups who see this as involving Japan in the war.
Last month, protesters successfully blocked a shipment of tanks from the base, claiming the tank transporters exceeded Japanese highway weight limits.
The Government agreed to negotiate a suspension or reduction of tank repairs at the base and ultimately a ban on shipment from Japan of military vehicles bound for South Vietnam. Demonstrators waving fists marked the progress of this shipment of armoured personnel carriers to the port of Yokohama.