Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6 years since 3.11 – Mourning and anger in front of TEPCO HQ

“TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), apologize! Give Fukushima back to us!” On March 11, 2017, the sixth anniversary of the disaster of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 550 people expressed mourning and anger in front of TEPCO headquarters in central Tokyo. Famous writers delivered speeches against nuclear power, followed by various performances in protest against the electric power company. Then, evacuees from Fukushima expressed their hardship that they have endured since that day. KAMEYA Sachiko, from Futaba Town, Fukushima, said, “We want to return home but we cannot”. MATSUMOTO Noriko said, gazing at the TEPCO headquarters, “TEPCO should make sure to provide housing to us. Do not force us evacuees to be exposed to radiation. If a nuclear disaster occurs again, there will be even more internally displaced persons like us”. The organizer of the rally gave a letter to the manager of the Nuclear Power Center of the company. The manager said, “We are sorry for still bothering many people”, followed by an outcry from one of the rally participants, “Think about it seriously! No more nukes!” (M) Photo flash, video (6 minutes), photos (shinya)


「東電は謝れ!福島を返せ!」。原発事故から6年目になった3月11日午後、東京電力前には約550人の市民が集まり、「追悼と怒り」に包まれた。手がかじかむ寒さのなか、神田香織、落合恵子、鎌田慧ら各氏のトークをはじめ、歌あり踊りありの賑やかな抗議行動が続いた。福島からの避難者が次々にマイクを握った。「帰りたいけど帰れない」、やり場のない怒りを双葉町の亀屋幸子さんは訴えた。松本徳子さんは「東電は住宅提供をちゃんとしてくれ、被ばくを強要しないでほしい。原発はもういらない。事故が起きたら私たちのような国内難民がまた生まれる」と東電本店をにらみながらアピールした。集会の代表が東電に申し入れ書を手渡した。受け取った原子力センター所長は「いまだに多くの人に迷惑をかけて申し訳ない」とコメントした。そそくさと立ち去るかれらの背中に「真剣に考えてくれ!これ以上原発はいらない!」の怒号が飛んだ。(M) 写真速報動画(6分)

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