Title: Report from a battleground - Senjo kara no hokoku - Sanrizuka 1967-1977
Photographer(s): Kikujiro Fukushima
Writer(s): Kikujiro Fukushima, Ishii Takeshi
Publisher(s): Shakai Hyoronsha, Tokyo, Japan
Language(s): Japanese, English
Size: 18 x 25,5 cm
Edition: 2nd edition may 1980
Print: Printed in Japan
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Japan, 1967-1977
A LETTER TO THE READER
Last May 8, Higashiyama Kaoru was killed during a battle at Sanrizuka by a police tear gas grenade. At his funeral on May 14, which was held at Shotenji Temple near the place where he was shot, I was horrified to see that most of the reporters were wearing armbands saying "Press".
This blue press armband is issued by the police as a sign of their permission to cover an event. It is bad enough that the police give reporters permission to gather information about the airport struggle, but what a terrible age it is in which reporters covering the funeral of a police victim have to have an armband issued by the killers themselves.....
....at Sanrizuka there has been a veritable "state of war" between people who are tryng to maintain their right to live a decent life and those who are trying to steal that right from them.