(From Asahi Shimbun)
A hate speech rally in Tokyo’s Ginza district was met with a silent counter-demonstration on March 6 with protesters denouncing the rally by holding up placards bearing anti-hate speech messages.
The counter-demonstration was organized by citizens’ groups including Tokyo Q-sui Crew (TQC), whose goal was to fight back in silence against rallies that loudly blare out abusive words against foreigners in Japan.
“We intentionally organized a silent protest to make citizens understand the reality of the hate speech demonstration,” said Masayuki Kusakabe, a representative of TQC.
Hate speech demonstrators waved Japanese flags and marched through the streets of a fashionable shopping area in Ginza shouting rhetoric, including “Destroy Korean schools” and “Abolish the government-funded study abroad program for Chinese people.” Read more