Members of SEALDs, a group of young people against government legislation allowing the Self-Defense Forces a greater role internationally, march in Tokyo's fashionable Omotesando district on Sunday. SEALDs stand for Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy. | KYODO
Young Japanese stage nationwide protests against security bills being debated in Upper House
Thousands of young people rallied Sunday throughout Japan, protesting the security bills that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to pass during the current Diet session.
Demonstrations and gatherings took place at more than 60 locations around Japan — in Hokkaido, Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka and other prefectures — in response to a call by a group called Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy, or SEALDs.
The bills are now under deliberation at the Upper House, after being railroaded through the Lower House by the ruling coalition, sparking public opposition. The bills would significantly expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces missions overseas.
In Tokyo, about 6,500 protesters gathered to march toward the popular Shibuya shopping and entertainment district, chanting slogans such as “No War” and “No Change in the Law.”
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To every Egyptian who has a speck of dignity
and an ounce of pride; Egyptians whose boys are being tortured
and girls raped in prisons and detentions,
Al-Mutanabbi, the famous poet, said about you in similar circumstances,
"Do you think the peack of knowledge is the trimming of your mustaches
O nation, at whose ignorance all other nations laughed"
Al-Mutanabbi also said,
"Do not buy a slave unless along with him you have bout a stick
slaves are verily filthy miserables"
Let me ask you, are you any less than those Japanese?
Is your history any less glorious?
Is there any brave men left among you?
Have you become slaves?
Have you totally scummed to the criminal ruling junta?
WA-WATANAH!, WA-ISLAMAH!, WA-KIRAMATAH!, WA-IRADHAH!
Wake up from your slumber!
"There is a door for the red revolution
That is knocked only by the hand stained with blood"