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(en) Japan; repression in anti war movement

From relations internationales de la FA <relations-internationales@federation-anarchiste.org>
Date Wed, 30 Apr 2003 12:07:19 +0200 (CEST)

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After March 20, the day assault on Iraq started, anarchists and autonomists
in Japan who have energetically been committed to anti-war movements have
been suppressed. Japanese Government expresses its support for the war and
has continuously cracked us down on March 20, April 5, and April 13, for
silencing the anti-war movements without thinking over its laws.
By now, two of our comrades are still in custody. Japanese police cell is
infamous as seedbed of false charges. Since it is probable the period of
detention become longer, we start an anti-war/anti-suppression campaign
and call all our strengths into play to fight back the suppression.

Here we offer the background of police suppression and a statement of

We ask you a favor.

Could you sign your/your group's name in this statement? Could you give us
your solidarity appeal? We need it for our campaign and for the arrested
comrades. (The name of groups/individuals and solidarity appeals will be
on our website/flyers.)

Thank you very much in advance.

In Solidarity,


On March 20, 2003, United States and Britain launched assault on Iraq.
After the attack started, so many special police cars and police officers
were arranged in front of the U.S. Embassy in Japan. On that evening, our
comrades who went to the Embassy to express their protest were arrested.
They were just going forward to the Embassy. In spite that they were
arrested for obstructing officers from performing their duty, they had
detained for 11 days and police raided their houses. Our comrades were
released in the morning of the day that was supposed to have a trial for
disclosure of grounds for their detention in the afternoon.

On April 4, there were about 18000 people gathered at an Anti-War march
in Tokyo, Japan. Around us who gathered around black flags and red and
black flags, there were a lot of police officers who gave us highly strict
When we offered objections to them, they started abusing us verbally and
assaulted us with deploying one more police unit. Finally, a youth was
pulled down and arrested with no ground. Their response to our protest
against his arrest was *You will be under arrest.* Despite a trial for
disclosure of grounds for their detention on April 16, the court authorized
the extension of his detention for 7 more days. He is still in custody

On April 13, under these circumstances, we had a demonstration of anti-war
and anti-suppression. Though a hundred comrades gathered, far more police
officers were there. They walked with our rank tightly and regulated our
march. In front of cross-point of Shibuya Station which was very close to
the end of our demonstration, police pulled down our rank, kicked some of
us, and arrested a comrade for violating laws against interfering with a
government official in the act of duty.

Pics and coments

Statement of Anti-War and Anti-Suppression

U.S. and British assaults on Iraq are mass murders and the following
occupation is not a reconstruction process, but a military rule that
suppresses democratization of the country. There is not justice in it.
We impeach this injustice and Japanese Government which supports this

Thus far, a lot of people around the world have committed to the wide-scale
anti-war movements and here in Japan, many people participated in the
movement. However, Japanese Government and police department has monitored
people who have continued to express their anti-war messages, regulated
them tightly, and arrested them again and again. Furthermore, the police
force has been exercised with significant departure from the range
covered in laws.

Anti-war protesters have continued to be arrested and threatened in
We do NOT accept the many unjust acts by police, especially the arrest
and detention of anti-war protesters. We appeal against these unjust
attempts as we raise our voices against this war without giving in to police

We are certain to bring back the kidnapped anti-war youths, by doing
everything we can, and keeping connected to each other.

April 17, 2003
Anti-War Youth Solidarity Center

Anti-War Youth Solidarity Center
Contact: c/o Kyuen Renraku Center, #14 Ishida Bldg.4F
2-8-16 Shinbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004 Japan
URL: http://mypage.naver.co.jp/antiwar/english/
E-mail: antiwar@naver.co.jp
FAX: +81-3-6780-1244

forward by Nicolas
SEcretaire aux relations internationales
Federation anarchiste (France et Belgique)
145, rue amelot 75011 Paris
E-mail: relations-internationales@federation-anarchiste.org

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