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G8- International Global Action Day

Saturday, July 12, 2008
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Location Details:
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
50 Fremont Street, Suite 2300,
(between 1st ad Beale st, x Market and Mission st)
San Francisco

An appeal has been made for a global day of action in solidarity with the anti-G8-resistance in Japan. Demonstrations will take place at Japanese embassies worldwide, in solidarity with those who have been arrested and attacked and to strengthen dissent against neoliberal politics. (Please read the following email from the Media G8way International Press Group).

This is an anonymous call for a spontaneous and creative demonstration at the Japanese consulate in SF. Please bring banners, fliers, music, theater, cameras and other resources that would be helpful. This event will be documented and added to the list of international support that will be gathered by Media G8way, Japan Indymedia, and other local and international independent news sources.

G8-International Global action day on July 12
From: "Media G8way International Press Group"
Date: Thu, July 10, 2008 3:35 am
To: "g8-int"
g8-2007 [at]

[Media G8way | Gipfelsoli Infogroup]

* Global action day on July 12
* G8 are the problem, not the solution
* Solidarity with the prisoners

On Saturday July 12th, there will be global action day in solidarity with the anti-G8-resistance in Japan. Rallies are planned at Japanese embassies worldwide to strengthen the dissent against neoliberal politics.

Groups and individuals in Japan held conferences, camps, action days and demonstrations to express their dissent against neoliberal globalization which creates war, discrimination, poverty, surveillance and control.

"Faced with heavy obstacles we came to Japan to protest against the G8", says Mary Brookes, "one of the international activists. “The G8 are the problem, not the solution". Demonstrations were held in many other countries worldwide in support of protests in northern Japan.

International movements now call for solidarity for the 3 prisoners in Sapporo who were arrested at the demonstration on July 5th. Police shepherded demonstrators and forced them to walk in lines of only four people walking next to each other.
One of the people arrested is an alternative media activist from the Indymedia collective. They are accused of "violating traffic laws and the special orders for the demonstrations in Sapporo", as well as "obstructing police work".

On Tuesday a judge ordered the extension of their detention for ten more days, as supposed "protective custody".

International activists who participated in the protests said that, "the Japanese criminal justice system allows them to hold people for 23 days without prosecution, and their families are harassed. Furthermore, the Japanese legal system imposes collective punishment; and organizers can be punished for the actions of others.

The call-out posted on Indymedia Japan also mentions that homeless people in Sapporo and activists in Osaka were arrested: We denounce the police repression against the sound demonstration and homeless activists, and demand the immediate release of everyone. On July 12th, simultaneous protest actions will take place at 3pm in Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, etc. against police and capitalism.

A forum of non-governmental organizations has also complained about the repression of dissent. Some 20 - 30 NGO members were not allowed to enter the country to participate in the protests. Others had their visas rejected. "It can be expected that the Japanese model will be applied in other parliamentary democracies", says a declaration of the NGO No Vox.

"We call on people around the world to show solidarity", ends the call of international activists. "Come next year to protest against the G8 in Italy!".


* International call:
* Statement of international activists:
* Situation of the prisoners:
* WATCH: We denounce the arrests and detentions:
* Declaration No Vox:

Added to the calendar on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 1:54AM
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