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Report Back from G-8 Protests in Hokkaido Japan
by Bill Hackwell (hckwll [at] yahoo.com)
Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
Protesting the G-8 summit July 7-9
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On July 7-9 the G-8 countries held their annual meeting high above Lake Toyoaka in Hokkaido Japan at an exclusive spa resort. This is part of the usual pattern of the annual G-8 meetings to hold them in the most remote areas possible. Hokkaido, a land of beautiful lakes and volcanos is the most rural and least populated of the four major islands that make up Japan. The Japanese government in its rush to ingratiate itself to the bigger imperialist powers spent $250 million in security measures and deployed 22,000 national police to Hokkaido and another 20,000 were on reserve in Tokyo. If these meetings had been held in Tokyo the demonstrations would have been massive and militant.

All the G-8 countries; Germany, France, Russia, Italy, England, Japan and of course the U.S. make up less then 35% per cent of the world’s population but control the great majority of the wealth. It is inconceivable that the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, were not included, but they along with Mexico and South Africa got to have meetings on the side. (The little G-5)

There was no real agreement amongst these imperialist countries as to how to carve up the world for themselves. These countries don’t even represent their own populations, but just the rich corporate and banking elite of their respective capitalist class. The one agreement that was reached (without accountability) was that the G-8 countries would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2050, 42 years from now. As Fidel Castro commented in his reflections of July 15; that is about the time that hell freezes over. In a rational world, with the recent revelation that the ice of the North Pole has completely broken up and sea coral that is home to 25% marine life has basically eroded, a meeting of this type would declare some sort of international emergency. But these are the leaders of world capitalism, a system that is so unplanned and reckless that it plows ahead devouring everything in its path.

§Women Farmworkers in Occupied Hokkaido
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Ainu Leader Opposed to the G-8 Summit
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Camp Date
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Signs in Korean Opposed to U.S. Beef Imports
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Ainu Activist from Okainawa Demanding U.S. Bases Out
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§International Anti Imperialist Groups
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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The Asian Wide Campaign Against Japanese and U.S. Imperialism (AWC) organized international groups to join with them for 5 days of protest during G-8. These included International League for Peoples Struggle (ILPS) and Bayan from the Philippines, Korean Streetnet International, Taiwan Labor Rights Association, Asian Students Association from Hong Kong, Migrante Japan a group organizing for the rights of immigrant workers in Japan, and the ANSWER Coalition-U.S.
§Massive Police Prescence At All Of The Protests
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Marching Towards the Fishing Port of Abuta
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Joining of Camps
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Marching Towards Lake Toya
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Youth Group of the AWC
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Marching with the Cops
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Summit in the Clouds
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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The G-8 Summit was held high up on the side of a volcano.
§Marchers on the South Rim of the Lake
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Police Mass to Push March of the Road to Lake Toya
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Police Pushing Protestors Off the Road
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Cops in Riot Gear
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Stare Down
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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§Junk the G-8
by Bill Hackwell Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 4:29 PM
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Fabulous photos! Translations coming upR. RobertsonSunday Jul 20th, 2008 12:08 PM
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