Thousands of Japanese left-wing demonstrators, protesting "Abrogation not revision" of the United States-Japan Security pact, tussled with Tokyo police November 27 in the biggest melee since the 1952 May Day riots.
GV Police in front of Diet building.
STV Demonstrators push against police
LV PAN..Police trucks form up before diet. building.
PAN Demonstrators with flags and placards.
SV Speaker on truck roof PAN to demonstrators listening.
STV Demonstrators listening.
CU PAN.. Ditto.
CU Demonstrators try to break through police cordon.
STV Demonstrators break through police cordon.
SV Police hold back demonstrators in diet compound.
GV Demonstrators before diet building.
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Background: Thousands of Japanese left-wing demonstrators, protesting "Abrogation not revision" of the United States-Japan Security pact, tussled with Tokyo police November 27 in the biggest melee since the 1952 May Day riots.
The running battle was outside the empty Diet (Parliament) building, where the Government seeks to prolong co-operation with the United States against opposition by the powerful labour unions and leftist student organisation, who see the pact as a bar to Japanese neutrality.
Baton wielding police and armoured cars tried to block the main approaches to the Diet, but were overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers by chanting demonstrators brandishing placards and flags. The police avoided force, but many on both sides were injured in the melee.