Anti-authority struggles led by students of the New Left gradually petered out after its peak at the end of the 1960s. A small number of radical fighters raided a police box and a gun shop to obtain firearms and formed the United Red Army in order to achieve ‘revolution’ by force. While the group moved around in snow-covered mountains to escape the authorities, beatings took place frequently of those who were deemed lacking the conscience and determination to become revolutionary fighters, which even led to some deaths. Five members are backed into a corner and barricade themselves in the Asama lodge in Nagano prefecture, and plunge into a gun battle with police and riot police
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