Japanese Police Raid Kyoto University Dorms for Alleged Far-Left Activity

Kyoto police have launched a 140-man raid on the Kyoto University  Kumano dormitories to investigate alleged extremist activities as a follow-up operation to the arrest of a 26-year-old far-left activist earlier this week.

Police suspected that the dorm has been used as a base for far-left revolutionary activists from the All-Japan Federation of Students’ Self-Governing Associations, known as Zengakuren, and claimed that the recently arrested suspect frequented the area.

Student protesters tried to block the Kyoto Prefectural Police investigators and riot police officers who arrived at the dorm at around 9 a.m. on June 24 but were unsuccessful. 

“Show us a search warrant! There should only be investigators here. Why so many riot cops?” said the student activists as they pushed back against the police.

The police officers managed to break through the protesters after a few minutes and started searching the premises while confiscating items that were alleged “evidence.”

Kyoto police also claimed that they have raided the far-left associated Tokyo-based publisher Zenshinsha and confiscated incriminating evidence there too. 

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