[Imc-uk-network] [Imc-communication] [Fwd: [g8-int] Japan: International Resistance against the 2008 G8 summit has begun]

Tony tony at cactusnetwork.org.uk
Sat Jun 28 12:37:34 PDT 2008

>From: Anna <anna at mail.nadir.org>
>To: imc-communication at lists.indymedia.org, imc-g8 at lists.indymedia.org
>Press Release June 27 2008
>* Japan: International Resistance against the 2008 G8 summit has begun
>* Camps, demonstrations, action days
>* Police try to link protests to terrorism and are denying people entry
>into Japan
>The protests against the 2008 G8 summit have begun. On Thursday a
>demonstration took place in Kyoto against the G8 foreign ministers
>meeting. There are three protests camps in Sapporo, the nearest town to
>Lake Toya, where the G8 summit will take place from July 7-9.
>Alternative media centres in Sapporo and Tokyo have been set up and a
>network of critical lawyers is ready to support demonstrators. Events,
>conferences and demonstrations are scheduled for the coming week. Many
>activists from around the world have travelled to Japan, amongst them
>anarchist and trade union groups from other Asian countries.
>A network of NGOs will be lobbying the G8 to alter their political
>course. The "G8 Action Network" rejects the G8 as illegitimate and
>groups from this network have organised an "Anti-G8 Tokyo Sound
>Demonstration" this Sunday. The major international anti-capitalist
>conference, the "COunter-G8 International Forum" starts on Monday in
>Tokyo and Hokkaido. As has been thecase in the past, many of the groups
>and organisations are participating in joint mobilisations despite their
>different positions.
>Meanwhile, the police are attempting to delegitimate and divide the
>movement. More than 40 people were arrested two weeks ago, and squats
>have been searched. Following a raid on a trade union office in the
>working class neighbourhood Kamagasaki in Osaka, confrontations with
>police ensued which lasted for a number of days.
>Since Tuesday the controls at the Narita International Airport in Tokyo
>have been stepped up. Foreigners have been questioned and searched for
>up to 12 hours. Some have been asked to provide detailed plans of their
>activities for each day of their stay. In spring this year, the Japanese
>Government changed the requirements for entry into the country.
>Already last August, the German Federal POlice (BKA) provided the
>Japanese investigation authorities with information on the networks and
>coalitions that participated in the anti- G8 protests in Heiligendamm in
>2007. Japanese police travelled to Berlin to learn about measures
>against summit protests. The BKA'a president Mr Ziercke promised to
>continue to provide "all relevant data".
>During the 2007 G8 summit protests the German police compiled an
>extensive database with photos and fingerprints, which presumably
>includes all 1.800 people who were arrested during the protests.
>Although only a very small number of them were actually convicted of
>anything this data has not been destroyed. Normally, inclusion in such a
>database is sufficient to be deined entry into a country during a summit
>Trade unionists of the Korean "Confederation of Trade Unions" have been
>issued a blanket entry denial. Also the Italian philosopher and activist
>Toni Negri has been denied entry. Only yesterday two media activists of
>the Hong Kong collective "In-Media" were arrested at the airport.
>The police has issued a number of posters 'warning' the Japanese public
>about the protests by comparing them to the LOndon 7/7 bombings in 2005.
>One of the posters depicts a demolished LOndon bus next to a photo of a
>burnt out car in Rostock. The public is being asked to report suspicious
>persons directly to the police. Hotels across Japan have been instructed
>to send photocopies of all passports of foreign guests to the police.
>In the coming week there will be protests against the G8 summit
>worldwide, inclding in France,Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain and the
>Basque Country.
>* G8 Action Network: http://www.jca.apc.org/alt-g8/en
>* No G8! Japan: http://a.sanpal.co.jp/no-g8
>* Entry denial and controls: http://www.debito.org/?p=1752 und
>* Instructions for hotels: http://www.debito.org/?p=1764
>* Police poster campaign:
>www.gipfelsoli.org/rcms_repos/images/38/roppongisummitpolice001.jpeg und
>Mary Brookes (in Japan) +81 80-3206-5959
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