Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aug. 15 Action against “Safety and Reliability by way of War State” ?

 On August 15, 2009, the “August 15 Action against ‘Safety and
Reliability by way of War State’” was held at the Zen-Suido Hall in
the Suidobashi district, central Tokyo. August 15 is the day when World
War II ended 64 years ago. This year is the 20th anniversary of the
accession of the current Emperor Akihito and the 50th anniversary of his
marriage to Princess Michiko. Participants in the event discussed the
meaning of honoring events to be forced on the people, discrimination
and xenophobia, and the dangerous nature of the imperial system as an
apparatus to integrate them into war. The rally started from the venue
to the Yasukuni Shrine with banners spread and puppets hoisted. Rightist
groups that gathered along the rally course repeatedly attacked the
nonviolent demonstrators who orderly chanted. (Reported by Y) Photos by Mkimpo Image


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