Friday, November 28, 2014

‘Let’s be friends!’ ---‘The March on Tokyo’ calls for anti-hate speech, no more discrimination

Tokyo No Hate 2014 set off from the park in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office and through the busy streets of Shinjuku calling for anti-hate speech and elimination of discrimination on Nov. 2.
 Hate speech is
defined as words and actions that promote discrimination on the basis of attributes such as race, ethnic origin or sexual orientation that one cannot change by their own will, a woman leading the marching called out. We are protesting against hate speech because it tramples on the democratic rule of law and destroys the social justice.  The rally participants accompanied by a Korean marching band called, Chango Rap, and other bands were holding signs that read, Lets be friends! No Hate! which drew most attention from the onlookers along the roadsides. A year has passed since the Anti-Racism March on Tokyo in September last year. An increasing number of such anti-hate speech campaigns as this one is pushing the government to deal with the issue, ARITA Yoshifu, a member of the House of the Councilors, told reporters. Some 2,800 people joined the protest, according the organizers.(M)


11 月2日午後「東京大行進2014」は、東京都庁前の公園をスタートし、オープンカーを先頭に新宿繁華街を一巡して「差別撤廃・ヘイト反対」を訴えた。デモ の先頭では女性がマイクで呼びかける。「ヘイトスピーチとは、人種・民族・性的指向性など本人の意思では変えることのできない属性を対象に差別を煽る行為 です。私たちはこれに反対します。ヘイトスピーチは民主主義のルールを踏みにじり、社会の公平性を破壊する行為だからです」。デモ隊の人たちは、吹奏音楽 隊・チャンゴ・ラップなど多様な音楽と「なかよくしよう」「ノーヘイト」などのプラカードでアピール、沿道の注目度は抜群だった。有田芳生参院議員は「昨 年9月の大行進から1年、こうした反ヘイト運動の高まりが国会を動かしつつある」と記者に語った。参加者は2800人(主催者発表)だった。(M) 写真速報動画(YouTube 5分)ムキンポ写真館アメーバニュース「東京大行進2014」HP

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