A large crowd of Japanese Socialists demonstrated Sunday (19 January) outside Yokota Airbase, some 20 miles northwest of Tokyo, Japan.
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MS Sign - Yokota Air Base
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MS Crowd through street carrying signs
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LS Quiet crowd walking down street - police stand by
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Background: A large crowd of Japanese Socialists demonstrated Sunday (19 January) outside Yokota Airbase, some 20 miles northwest of Tokyo, Japan. They were protecting the stationing of U.S. F-1050 fighter bombers at the airbase.
The F-105D is a supersonic aircraft which is capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The Socialists and other Japanese groups object to the stationing of nuclear weapons on Japanese soil. A further demonstration by the Japanese Communist party is expected on Sunday (26 January).
About 25-thousand Socialists came out from Tokyo by bus for the demonstration. They held a rally near the airbase and then moved out along a route of march which led by the front gate of the airbase. The demonstration proceeded in good order until some of the Socialists began snake-dancing and started to move out of the pre-arranged route. A brief scuffle ensued between the demonstrators and the police. Some of the demonstrators were slightly injured; there were no arrests and no further incidents.