By February 1972, just a few years after declaring war on the state of Japan, paranoia and distrust were leading leftist student revolutionary groups in Japan to splinter and become increasingly violent. This period was most famously marked by a bloody purge in which the United Red Army’s (URA) leadership ordered 8 members to be beaten to death while leaving 6 more outside to freeze to death. In the chaos that followed the arrest of the URA, five members fled, took a hostage and barricaded themselves in a guesthouse in a nearby town. What followed was ten-day standoff between these URA members and police that came to be known as the Asama-Sansō incident. This incident generated an intense backlash in Japanese society, with radical leftist groups losing significant support in the coming years, effectively destroying the leftist movement in Japan, in this way the Japanese leftist revolution was over before it had even began.