• Short Summary

    ABOUT 250 RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD THROUGHOUT JAPAN AND ON OKINAWA ISLAND YESTERDAY TO MARK THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES TAKEOVER OF OKINAWA UNDER THE JAPAN-U.

  • Description


    DENTAL HOSPITAL: STUDENT DEMONSTRATORS WITH STICKS: RIOT POLICE WITH SHIELDS: CLASHES BETWEEN STUDENT AND POLICE: POLICE MAKING SHIELD-WALL AND FIRING GAS GRENADES.




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    Background: ABOUT 250 RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD THROUGHOUT JAPAN AND ON OKINAWA ISLAND YESTERDAY TO MARK THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES TAKEOVER OF OKINAWA UNDER THE JAPAN-U.S. SECURITY TREATY.

    IN TOKYO SOME 900 STUDENTS BARRICADED THEMSELVES IN THE DENTAL HOSPITAL AND LATER CLASHED VIOLENTLY WITH RIOT POLICE WHO SURROUNDED THE HOSPITAL TO PREVENT THEM JOINING ONE OF THE RALLIES.

    THE STUDENTS WHO TOOK OVER THE HOSPITAL WERE IDENTIFIED AS ANTI-COMMUNIST ZENGAKUREN FACTIONS AND MEMBERS OF THE ANTI-WAR YOUTH COMMITTEE. ABOUT 1,000 RIOT POLICE ENCIRCLED THE HOSPITAL, WHERE THE CLINIC AND DISPENSARY WERE UNABLE TO OPERATE BECAUSE OF THE CONFUSION.

    AT ABOUT 4 P.M. THE STUDENTS TRIED TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL TO JOIN THE JOINT RALLY SPONSORED BY THE SOCIALIST AND COMMUNIST PARTIES AND THE YOYOGI PARK, NEAR THE FORMER OLYMPIC STADIUM. THE RIOT POLICE MOVED IN TO STOP THEM AND THERE WERE VIOLENT CLASHES.

    THE HOSPITAL IS IN THE "LATIN QUARTER" OF TOKYO AND ANOTHER 1,000 STUDENTS FROM NEARBY COLLEGES JOINED IN THE FRAY. POLICE FORMED A ROAD BLOCK WITH THEIR SHIELDS AND WIRE-NETTING AND FIRED TEAR-GAS GRENADES TO BREAK UP THE FIGHTING.

    THE SPONSORS OF THE MAIN RALLY HAD EARLIER AGREED NOT TO ALLOW ZENGAKUREN AND ANTI-WAR YOUTH COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION. THE RALLY, IN WHICH SOME 40,000 TOOK PART, PASSED OFF WITHOUT VIOLENCE BUT THERE WERE CLASHES IN OTHER PARTS OF TOKYO, ESPECIALLY AT CENTRAL STATION AND OUTSIDE THE HOME OF PRIME MINISTER EISAKU SATO.

    A NUMBER OF POLICE WERE INJURED, AND MORE THAN 950 STUDENTS, INCLUDING 113 GIRLS, WERE ARRESTED.

    THERE HAVE BEEN ANNUAL OKINAWA DEMONSTRATIONS FOR THE PAST GEN YEARS, AND LEFT-WING GROUPS HAVE THREATENED A YEAR OF CIVIL DISORDER FROM NOW UNTIL THE MOMENT OF JAPAN-U.S. TREATY COMES UP FOR REVIEW IN 1970.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XXYT4LTBM6ZCVMTW1XO76XSD
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XXYT4LTBM6ZCVMTW1XO76XSD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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