Thursday, January 29, 2004

Protests hit Tokyo

Protests occured in Tokyo ahead of Japan's dispatch of 1,000 military forces to Iraq:

Thousands of protesters gathered Sunday in Tokyo to demonstrate against the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces to Iraq on the eve of the government's expected announcement that the go order would be given to send a core ground unit.

The estimated 6,000 protesters marched through central Tokyo after hearing speeches at Hibiya Park by a relative of an American killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and representatives from a telephone counseling group in Hokkaido for SDF troops and their families.

The rally was organized by World Peace Now, a network of 47 grassroots and nongovernmental organizations.

Under a law enacted last year, Japan plans eventually to deploy about 1,000 SDF troops to provide humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in "noncombat" zones in Iraq.

These people just never give up. Even when they have been proven to be dead wrong.


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