These Friday night protests have been going on for a few weeks. This is on top of all the other ongoing protests in Japan pushing back against the government inaction from Fukushima and also the restart of the Oi nuclear reactors. Protests have been going on in other cities including in the Fukui region as people push back against the government’s plan to return to nuclear power before learning any real lessons from Fukushima.
Organizers have upped their estimate to 45,000. Most of the media in Japan is still claiming 11,000. The police are there in large numbers but appear to only be doing crowd control and directing traffic. The protests begun during daylight and went on into the evening.
More protests are planned by various groups around Japan including one in
Wakasahongo-Fukui on June 30th http://2011shinsai.info/node/2338?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Rallies were also held in the US, at the eco summit in Rio and elsewhere around Japan Friday & Saturday
Video shot at the protest showed a very wide demographic of ages and walks of life. Video has narration in English. (more video & photos below)
The Mainichi has some excellent photos from the protest (all photos credit Mainichi)
See more at Mainichi http://mainichi.jp/graph/2012/06/23/20120623k0000m040067000c/001.html
image via http://tanakaryusaku.jp/
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