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Dan Clore
2008-07-04 12:30:43 EST
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G8 Dispatches: Dissent Blooms in Japan Despite Massive Police Represssion
By Marina Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah Lazare,
July 1, 2008

Four simultaneous marches and rallies took place on June 29th in Tokyo
and Sapporo, characterized by vibrant and colorful voices of resistance
and a suffocating police presence. The marches in Tokyo weaved through
the streets, complete with rolling sound systems blasting protest music.
People chanted in various languages, waved flags from around the world,
and joyfully displayed banners and puppets exclaiming what they are
against as well as what they are for.

Eight puppets with heads of Group of Eight (G8) leaders and bodies of
skeletons moved through the crowds. Each held a yellow and red sign with
a word such as hunger, global warming, poverty or privatization of
resources, to indicate things the G8 is creating with its current
policies. At the same time, shimmering yellow birds made of painted
cardboard and satiny cloth symbolized freedom, each with a word or
drawing of something demonstrators desire in the world, from clean water
and air to freedom of expression to real democracy. People brought
banners and flags indicating the places and groups they are from,
including the CNT in France, the Freeters Union in Japan, and the
Wobblies in the US.

The street protests made apparent how little political breathing room
the anti-G8 organizers have in which to function. Many hundreds of
police flanked the demonstration route, crowding protesters into a thin
line occupying less than one lane of traffic, and physically pushing
those in the rear, as well as everyone who let more than a few feet of
empty space grow in front of them. Hundreds more "public security"
forces, a police agency in Japan that can work in an undercover
political police capacity, lined the sidewalks and peppered the march,
taking photographs, notes, and sometimes even setting up ladders to
focus a photo on the face of an organizer.

"All of these tactics are clearly part of an effort to intimidate people
and limit our imaginations as to what could be possible in organizing,"
one participant said. "The feeling on the street is one of being
constantly surveyed, and literally being pushed if you get out of line.
But despite the repressive tactics, people march and sing. We refuse to
allow the intimidation to silence our voices or our bodies."

Repression Against Local and International Activists

As the G8 meeting approaches, the Japanese government is waging an
escalating battle of repression and control against Japanese and
international grassroots organizations and movements.

Our first indication of the level of political police repression came
just after arriving in Japan last week, when we participated in an
alternative media seminar in Osaka. A tall, thin man in a suit visited
our laid-back guesthouse, asking to see a copy of our passports. Hostels
are required to keep a photocopy of each guest's identification, but the
manager declined to show them to the plainclothes police agents. They
did, however, tell them how long we were staying, as required by
Japanese law.

Local Repression

A wave of harassment and arrests of activists and organizers is taking
place throughout Japan. Stories proliferate of people being arrested and
held for many days under pretenses such as failure to inform the
government of an address change, or alleged bicycle traffic violations.

A little over two weeks ago, the police raided a day laborers' union
office and arrested a well-known organizer on absurd charges--receiving
social benefits several years prior without the correct paperwork. It
was one of the incidents that sparked the first riots in Japan since the
1990s in Osaka's low-income day laborer neighborhood of Kamgasaki.
During the riots, which spanned several nights, neighborhood day
laborers and youth fought to defend their neighborhood from
water-canon-wielding riot police.

Four nights ago, an organizer with G8 Action Network briefed a group of
international participants. He explained that they expected thousands to
participate in the anti-G8 demonstration in Sapporo on the eve of the
annual G8 meetings. He shared detailed stories about the excruciating
amount of negotiations, permits, and government control they had to
navigate to simply publicly express their opposition to the G8. Camps
for participants in Sapporo had to be cancelled because police demanded
to set up identity checks within the camp. Every demonstration requires
a police permit. He told the internationals, many of whom are veterans
of mass direct actions in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia,
just how little political breathing space there was for anything
remotely disobedient. As an organizer, his hands were tied by the
politically controlling and repressive government. At a public forum
yesterday, plainclothes police moved through the crowd taking notes.

Harassment of Internationals

Many foreign participants in the Counter-G8 International Forums and
protests have been harassed and detained. From Hong Kong to Europe to
the US, grassroots organizers and intellectuals--such as movement
scholar David Graeber--have been held and interrogated for a half-day or
more, and allowed to enter the country only after pressure and
negotiations by the local legal team. Lisa Fithian, a United for Peace
and Justice Steering Committee member and longtime labor and global
justice organizer, was detained and questioned for eleven hours in what
she describes as "blatant discrimination against global justice
activists." She and others have been ordered to leave the country before
the G8 meetings are to take place.

"What is the so-called democratic government of Japan so afraid of?" she
asked. The authorities told Lisa that she was held because she could not
tell them exactly where she would be every day.

Lecturer and policy expert Susan George was detained and questioned for
six hours. Activists and organizers from Hong Kong were detained
overnight, not receiving basic amenities such as food and beverages.
While many of the organizers from Korea are yet to arrive, a number of
those who have attempted to enter Japan have already been refused entry.

We Will Not be Intimidated

Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and international activists
is being met with organization and resistance by the local organizers of
the protests. A new generation of smart, creative, and dedicated young
Japanese organizers are building networks in the face of the repression
that some say may be the biggest challenge to Japan's elites since the
since the militant old "new left" of the 60s and 70s.

--
Dan Clore

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Visual Purple
2008-07-05 22:50:08 EST
Thank you sincerely for posting this very important article, Dan.

D2

Stan De SD
2008-07-06 03:37:57 EST
> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and international activists
> is being met with organization and resistance by the local organizers of
> the protests. A new generation of smart, creative, and dedicated young
> Japanese organizers are building networks in the face of the repression
> that some say may be the biggest challenge to Japan's elites since the
> since the militant old "new left" of the 60s and 70s.

You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked planes,
firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated in the Lod Airport
Massacre, right?

Dan Clore
2008-07-06 10:25:01 EST
Stan de SD wrote:

>> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and international
>> activists is being met with organization and resistance by the
>> local organizers of the protests. A new generation of smart,
>> creative, and dedicated young Japanese organizers are building
>> networks in the face of the repression that some say may be the
>> biggest challenge to Japan's elites since the since the militant
>> old "new left" of the 60s and 70s.
>
> You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked planes,
> firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated in the Lod
> Airport Massacre, right?

Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By Marina
Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah Lazare"
(snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left", not "new left";
finally, the claim that they are anyone's "heroes" is baseless. But
thanks for asking, Statist Stain. Maybe someday you can compose a
sentence that embodies fewer than three idiocies.

--
Dan Clore

My collected fiction, _The Unspeakable and Others_:
http://tinyurl.com/2gcoqt
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News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Strange pleasures are known to him who flaunts the
immarcescible purple of poetry before the color-blind.
-- Clark Ashton Smith, "Epigrams and Apothegms"

Stan De SD
2008-07-06 14:33:38 EST
On Jul 6, 7:25 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
> Stan de SD wrote:
> >> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and international
> >> activists is being met with organization and resistance by the
> >> local organizers of the protests. A new generation of smart,
> >> creative, and dedicated young Japanese organizers are building
> >> networks in the face of the repression that some say may be the
> >> biggest challenge to Japan's elites since the since the militant
> >> old "new left" of the 60s and 70s.
>
> > You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked planes,
> > firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated in the Lod
> > Airport Massacre, right?
>
> Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By Marina
> Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah Lazare"
> (snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left", not "new left";
> finally, the claim that they are anyone's "heroes" is baseless. But
> thanks for asking, Statist Stain.

You're the statist, Danny Boy. You're the one advocating socialism,
collectivism, abrogation of individual property rights, and the use of
force against those you disagree with.

Dan Clore
2008-07-06 14:39:42 EST
Stan de SD wrote:
> On Jul 6, 7:25 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
>> Stan de SD wrote:
>>>> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and international
>>>> activists is being met with organization and resistance by the
>>>> local organizers of the protests. A new generation of smart,
>>>> creative, and dedicated young Japanese organizers are building
>>>> networks in the face of the repression that some say may be the
>>>> biggest challenge to Japan's elites since the since the militant
>>>> old "new left" of the 60s and 70s.
>>> You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked planes,
>>> firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated in the Lod
>>> Airport Massacre, right?
>> Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By Marina
>> Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah Lazare"
>> (snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left", not "new left";
>> finally, the claim that they are anyone's "heroes" is baseless. But
>> thanks for asking, Statist Stain.
>
> You're the statist, Danny Boy. You're the one advocating socialism,
> collectivism, abrogation of individual property rights, and the use of
> force against those you disagree with.

This is one of Statist Stain's most typical tactics. When his claims are
revealed to be false, he attempts to change the subject to baseless
attacks against other posters. (For those interested, I am basically an
anarcho-individualist like Benjamin Tucker or Robert Anton Wilson.)

--
Dan Clore

My collected fiction, _The Unspeakable and Others_:
http://tinyurl.com/2gcoqt
Lord Weÿrdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
http://tinyurl.com/292yz9
News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Strange pleasures are known to him who flaunts the
immarcescible purple of poetry before the color-blind.
-- Clark Ashton Smith, "Epigrams and Apothegms"

Stan De SD
2008-07-06 17:22:09 EST
On Jul 6, 11:39 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
> Stan de SD wrote:
> > On Jul 6, 7:25 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
> >> Stan de SD wrote:
> >>>> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and international
> >>>> activists is being met with organization and resistance by the
> >>>> local organizers of the protests. A new generation of smart,
> >>>> creative, and dedicated young Japanese organizers are building
> >>>> networks in the face of the repression that some say may be the
> >>>> biggest challenge to Japan's elites since the since the militant
> >>>> old "new left" of the 60s and 70s.
> >>> You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked planes,
> >>> firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated in the Lod
> >>> Airport Massacre, right?
> >> Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By Marina
> >> Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah Lazare"
> >> (snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left", not "new left";
> >> finally, the claim that they are anyone's "heroes" is baseless. But
> >> thanks for asking, Statist Stain.
>
> > You're the statist, Danny Boy. You're the one advocating socialism,
> > collectivism, abrogation of individual property rights, and the use of
> > force against those you disagree with.
>
> This is one of Statist Stain's most typical tactics.

You mean pointing out that Danny Boy is the real statist because he
opposes individual freedoms, property rights, and free-market
economics?

> When his claims are revealed to be false,

And what claims would those be, Danny Boy? Or are you going to run off
on another one of your Chomskyesque tirades to avoid dealing with the
issue?

> he attempts to change the subject to baseless
> attacks against other posters. (For those interested, I am basically an
> anarcho-individualist like Benjamin Tucker or Robert Anton Wilson.)

Bullshit. You're an garden-variety socialist trying to mask your
objectives in pseudo-anarchist claptrap.

James A. Donald
2008-07-06 19:08:03 EST
Stan de SD wrote:
> > You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked planes,
> > firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated in the Lod
> > Airport Massacre, right?

Dan Clore
> Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By Marina
> Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah Lazare"
> (snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left", not "new left";

The red army was the new left. The new left began in 1968

Perhaps you mean it was the old new left, and that you are the new new
left. When did the new new left begin?

And why does the left keep running away from its past?

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of the kind of animals that we are. True law derives from this
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Dan Clore
2008-07-06 20:33:39 EST
Stan de SD wrote:
> On Jul 6, 11:39 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
>> Stan de SD wrote:
>>> On Jul 6, 7:25 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
>>>> Stan de SD wrote:
>>>>>> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and
>>>>>> international activists is being met with organization and
>>>>>> resistance by the local organizers of the protests. A new
>>>>>> generation of smart, creative, and dedicated young Japanese
>>>>>> organizers are building networks in the face of the
>>>>>> repression that some say may be the biggest challenge to
>>>>>> Japan's elites since the since the militant old "new left"
>>>>>> of the 60s and 70s.
>>>>> You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked
>>>>> planes, firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated
>>>>> in the Lod Airport Massacre, right?
>>>> Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By
>>>> Marina Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah
>>>> Lazare" (snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left",
>>>> not "new left"; finally, the claim that they are anyone's
>>>> "heroes" is baseless. But thanks for asking, Statist Stain.
>>> You're the statist, Danny Boy. You're the one advocating
>>> socialism, collectivism, abrogation of individual property
>>> rights, and the use of force against those you disagree with.

>> This is one of Statist Stain's most typical tactics.

>> When his claims are revealed to be false,
>
> And what claims would those be, Danny Boy? Or are you going to run
> off on another one of your Chomskyesque tirades to avoid dealing with
> the issue?

The claims you left in the quoted material above. Duh.

--
Dan Clore

My collected fiction, _The Unspeakable and Others_:
http://tinyurl.com/2gcoqt
Lord Weÿrdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
http://tinyurl.com/292yz9
News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Strange pleasures are known to him who flaunts the
immarcescible purple of poetry before the color-blind.
-- Clark Ashton Smith, "Epigrams and Apothegms"

Stan De SD
2008-07-07 04:27:59 EST
On Jul 6, 5:33 pm, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
> Stan de SD wrote:
> > On Jul 6, 11:39 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
> >> Stan de SD wrote:
> >>> On Jul 6, 7:25 am, Dan Clore <cl...@columbia-center.org> wrote:
> >>>> Stan de SD wrote:
> >>>>>> Each attempt to silence and intimidate local and
> >>>>>> international activists is being met with organization and
> >>>>>> resistance by the local organizers of the protests. A new
> >>>>>> generation of smart, creative, and dedicated young Japanese
> >>>>>> organizers are building networks in the face of the
> >>>>>> repression that some say may be the biggest challenge to
> >>>>>> Japan's elites since the since the militant old "new left"
> >>>>>> of the 60s and 70s.
> >>>>> You mean your heroes in the Japanese Red Army, who hijacked
> >>>>> planes, firebomed embassies and USO clubs, and participated
> >>>>> in the Lod Airport Massacre, right?
> >>>> Well, first, I don't mean anything, as this was an article "By
> >>>> Marina Sitrin and David Solnit and Asha Colazione and Sarah
> >>>> Lazare" (snip-snip); second, the Red Army would be "old left",
> >>>> not "new left"; finally, the claim that they are anyone's
> >>>> "heroes" is baseless. But thanks for asking, Statist Stain.
> >>> You're the statist, Danny Boy. You're the one advocating
> >>> socialism, collectivism, abrogation of individual property
> >>> rights, and the use of force against those you disagree with.
> >> This is one of Statist Stain's most typical tactics.
> >> When his claims are revealed to be false,
>
> > And what claims would those be, Danny Boy? Or are you going to run
> > off on another one of your Chomskyesque tirades to avoid dealing with
> > the issue?
>
> The claims you left in the quoted material above.

Which of course you will never specifically address, as you run like a
coward, Danny Boy.
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