Silent protesters confront anti-foreign hate speech rally in Tokyo

(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.

Protesters hold up placards in opposition to a hate speech demonstration that was being held nearby in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on March 6.

Protesters hold up placards in opposition to a hate speech demonstration that was being held nearby in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on March 6.

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



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