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Open letter to the Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda On Criminalization of Protest

Hokkaido, Japan — 6 July 2008

We – environmentalists, social movements, peasant farmers, workers and
civil society organisations – in solidarity with 23 Korean farmers and
trade unionists who were denied entry to Japan denounce the authorities’
unwillingness to allow their participation in civil society events taking
place parallel to the G8 summit on 7th until 9th July.
Among other issues, the unionists and farmers were to raise awareness
about the millions of Koreans who have been mobilising against their
markets being forced open to the imports of American beef despite concerns
of mad cow disease and the negative consequences for local food production
and consumption.
Organisations from around the world are protesting and holding public
events in order to condemn the corporate-driven economic policies that are
being ruthlessly being pursued by G8 countries with disregard for their
impacts on people and the planet
Due to reports from many signatory organisations, it appears that has been
a broader, systematic approach to hinder civil society representatives
entering Japan during the G8.

We would like to give a special thanks to the people of Hokkaido for their
very warm welcome to such a beautiful region.
We would like to express our concerns regarding the over-reaction of the
police during protests and activities so far.
We are disappointed that Japan, as host of the G8 summit, is criminalising
freedom of expression. It is unacceptable for Japan, the G8 or any other
countries to prevent healthy, critical debates from taking places
alongside international meetings where decisions are being made that will
affect the lives of millions of people around the globe.


Anti-Debt Coalition (KAU), Indonesia

Asian Migrant Centre


Batis Center for Women, Philippines

Centre for Promotion of Economic and Social Alternatives, Cameroon

Committee for the Abolition of the Third World Debt (CADTM)

Equity Bd., Bangladesh

Focus on the Global South

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippines

FSU Trade Union, France

G8 Action Network Japan

IMADR, Japan

Jubilee South-Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD)

Korean Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU), Korea

La Via Campesina

LDC Watch

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)

NO-VOX Japan

People’s Movement Against Neocolonialism-Imperialism (Gerak Lawan), Indonesia

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)

South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)

Trade Union Basques (ESK), Basque Country

Unnayan Onneshan Bangladesh

Friends of the Earth International

No-Vox France

Attac France

For more information on this event or to arrange interviews contact:

Mr. William Kramer: 81] (0)90 5542 3194 (English, Spanish, Some French)
Mr. Shinya Takeda: [
81] (0)80 2091 0813 (Japanese, English)

Source: http://japan.indymedia.org/newswire/display/4589/index.php