Riot police raid Kyoto University dormitory
Japan Times -- Nov 14
Scores of fully-clad riot police raided a dormitory at one of the nation's leading universities on Thursday, in an apparently heavy-handed response to a left-wing movement that may involve students.

Ranks of helmeted officers carrying shields and wearing protective clothing converged on the dormitory at the prestigious Kyoto University, backed up by plain-clothed officers.

The operation was being carried out by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police in connection with the arrest earlier this month of three leftist activists, including at least one Kyoto University student.

The three were arrested on suspicion of obstructing public officials and were accused of using violence against riot police on the sidelines of a labor rally in Tokyo on Nov. 2.

Thursday’s raid showed no evidence of any violence. Riot police were reportedly brought in to “prevent confusion.”

京都大学の学生寮を120人規模の機動隊が家宅捜索です。京都大学では今月4日に私服­の警察官が無断で立ち入ったとして、学生らが取り押さえる騒ぎも起きていました。

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