Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Antinuclear protestors march through Tokyo, surround Diet building

Tens of thousands of angry citizens from all walks of life marched through Tokyo and surrounded the Diet building under scorching heat on July 29, demanding the government scrap its decision to reactivate nuclear reactors and break its dependence on nuclear power once and for all.

The mass antinuclear rally, organized by the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes, which has urged ordinary citizens to gather in front of the Prime Minister's Office every Friday to protest against nuclear power, kicked off at Hibiya Park at around 3:30 p.m. The demonstrators then marched in central Tokyo where government offices are concentrated to the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, and the Diet building.

Chanting antinuclear slogans such as "Stop nuclear power!" and "We oppose the reactivation of nuclear reactors," the demonstrators, including children, housewives and elderly people, filled about 1.3 kilometers of streets surrounding the Diet building at 7 p.m. Read More