Monday, October 31, 2016

"Don't terminate housing support for evacuees from Fukushima!"; Canadians protest at Japanese Embassy in Ottawa

A protest action was lodged in the afternoon of October 13 in front of the embassy of Japan in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, to demand the Japanese government continuation of the housing support for those who fled from radiation after the the disaster of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March, 2011. and continue to live elsewhere in Japan. The support is planned to be discontinued at the end of March, 2017. In solidarity with the evacuees from Fukushima, some 350 Canadian citizens took part in the action organized by FRAPRU (the Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain) Montreal, one of the coordinating organizations of the section of housing and land issues in the World Social Forum that took place in Montreal in summer this year.  As some evacuees from Fukushima took part in the WSF and talked about the present situations of the people affected by the nuclear accident, the housing and land issues section as a whole decided to make efforts in solidarity with those displaced by the accident in Fukushima. The protest at the Japanese embassy was held as a token of solidarity. The protesters posted signs prepared by FRAPRU that say "Evacuate residents of the places contaminated with radioactivity" in French, English and Japanese all over the fence of the premises of the embassy. (By Sumi Hasegawa, Montreal)  Full report with photos in Japanese

原発避難者住宅支援打ち切り反対!~カナ ダ市民が日本大使館前で抗議アクション
1013日午後、カナダの首都オタワにある在カナダ 日本大使館前で、カナダ市民約350人による、東電福島第一原発事 故による放射能汚染からの避難者に連帯し、来年3月末に予定され る避難者への住宅支援打ち切りに抗議するアクションがあった。 主催者はモントリオールFRAPRU(都市再開発における民衆行動戦 線)で、この夏の世界社会フォーラムで、住宅・土地部門を担当 した団体の一つだ。この部門で、福島からの避難者が日本の現状 を話したことから、フォーラム最終日に住宅・土地部門全体とし て、福島の避難者と連帯することを決定したが、それを実際の行 動に表したのが、このアクションだった。大使館前では、まず歩 道の柵いっぱいに、FRAPRUがカラーコピーして用意してくれた仏 語、英語、日本語の放射能汚染地から住民を避難させよというビ ラを張り巡らした。(長谷川澄・モントリオール在住)