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J12: International call for solidarity actions against G8 repression

Free the arrestees! Protest against police state and capitalist summit! Take simultaneous actions on Saturday 12th July (en) (日本語)

Three of our friends were unjustly arrested at the demonstration against the G8 summit on 5th July 2008. One of the arrested (vid,ja) is an indymedia activist who is organizing sound actions and a member of the G8 Media Network. The police used overwhelming violence. For instance, they stopped the sound truck forcefully, three [1] [2] [3] policemen broke the truck window with their clubs, (vid,ja) and they viciously dragged out the driver. This situation was exposed as Japanese police brutality once again, reported by independent media.


While most of the Japanese media coverage focussed on the summit, a homeless activist in Osaka was quietly, unfairly arrested on the 4th. Allegedly, his mobile phone ownership and user had different names. Even though his group from Osaka had planned to come and join the poverty and labour unit of the counter G8 Action Network, they cannot because they must rescue him, just after the liberation of another activist who was also arrested for a tiny bureaucratic mistake last month. All of these bureaucratic errors are unreasonably trivial things. This is obviously suppression of dissent.

We denounce the repression at the 5th July sound demonstration and of the homeless activists (ja) by the police, and demand immediate release of all. On 12th July, simultaneous protest actions will be taken at 3pm (GMT+9) in Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, etc. against police capitalism. We appeal for international solidarity! Take action simultaneously! Protest against unjust arrests, police violence and the capitalist summit.

July5th Relief Association for Sapporo Sound Demonstration (ja) (j5solidarity (at) riseup.net), in solidarity with Indymedia Japan.

VIDEO: cameraman arrested [file] | policemen smash window [file] | Indymedia activist arrested/Declare Independence
STATEMENTS: international activists | Lawyers (WATCH) | No Vox G8 LINKS
G8 MEDIA: G8 Media Network [video] | No-G8 | Alt-G8 | IMC Japan | Teiko (ru) | J5 Solidarity (ja)

Source: http://www.indymedia.org/en/2008/07/909628.shtml