Wednesday, November 05, 2008



Here, from the Asian Anarchist Network, is more on the recent arrests in Japan, and what you can do in solidarity.

[AAN-Global] 3 Arrested on the Way to the PM's 62 Million‏ House:
Hi there,

Let me add up some useful contact for the Shibuya arrestees solidarity. What you can do for helping out the release of the three.
*Send your support message to the jail solidarity collective;
*Tel or fax to the police station where the three comrades are in custody.
Note: Each are held in different police stations. I think it would be good to talk to the reception in simple and plain English in order not to get them hang up the line.
++Himonya police station
TEL: +81 3-3794-0110
FAX: +81 3-3794-0900
Say,Free Himonya[he-mon-ya] ichi-go.
++Harajiku police station
TEL: +81 3-3408-0110
FAX: +81 3-3408-2270
Say,Free Harajiku nana-go.
Shibuya police station
TEL: +81 3-3498-0110
FAX: +81 3-3498-1750
Say,Free Shibuya ichi-go.
*NEWS A court session for grounds of detention will be held on Thursday afternoon 6th. Your message/action will be a great pressure on the police and the court who have unreasonably/unlawfully detained the three for more than 10days.
*Information you can spread!
-Multi language information provided
Non Japanese
SHOW your support by sending names and messages or any other actions!
Suppression report
Here is the detail of the arrest:
you can see the arrest situation with English subtitle (turn on the caption by clicking button on bottom-right of player)
Another video (with sub)
This video shows a conversation between Police and the 'reality tour' organizer. You can see police stating there are no problems in going to see the Prime minister house.
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Shibuya, Tokyo
in solidarity,catbloc 2008

Here is the update situation of the arrest of 3 activists in Tokyo. The three are still in custody. Now the footage of arrest with English subtitles is available at YouTube.(To see the subtitles, turn on the caption by clicking button on the bottom-right of the player.)
Prime Minister Asou's House tour Arrests
"wanna see PM house? yeah no problem!"Say Police
Show your face, Aso!! 'Reality Tour' Solidarity Group

On October 26th, '"Reality Tour 2" what is 6200,000,000 Yen like? Let's go and see the Prime minister Aso's House' was held as a pre-event to the Anti-war and Resistance Festa happening on November 29th & 30th.

During this event, 3 of the tour participant were arrested and are now still hold in police custody. We are making it clear that these arrests are unlawful and denouncing the Public Safety Bureau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and Shibuya police for taking away our comrades.
*Why a 'reality tour ?'
We did a reality tour to the'rip off mansion' of a temping agency president and this was another version of it where we decided to go and see the Aso Taro's mansion which is said to cost 6,200,000,000 yen just for the land. There has been some press coverage on the Prime minister's sense of money recently, and we wondered what kind of life he has as he is responsible for resolving the poverty and wealth gap.

However this tour had to be broken up by police.
*How the unlawful arrest happened
> At 3pm, the Chief of security department of Shibuya police said to us "If you wt want to go the Prime minister's house by walk, that's fine" and "you can go and see the house in group of 5 to 6 people each in turn" when we were gathering in front of Shibuya train station. We did some announcements of the tour for 30 or 40 minutes, then about 50 of us started to walk. We held our signs and balloons, and we never used our speaker just as police told us to do.

Only 5 minutes later, when we were reaching Dogen Zaka Street one of our comrades who were holding a sign to show the way to other participants was held his arm and wrestled to the ground by police. Police officers stared to get a full nelson on other 2 participant with> the cue saying"go!go!It's KOBO (Short term for "interfering with policemen in the execution of their duties") It's KOBO!" and then took away the 3. On the news report they say police gave us warnings many times but there weren't any except when we started walking.

The reason for the arrest of the 3 given by police are "breaching public safety ordinance" and "interfering with policemen in the execution of their duties", but it's all clear in recorded film that there were no such acts. There are no facts that tour participants conducted violence.

* Custody Visiting blocked and unlawful 10 days detention
Later on the same day, we went to Shibuya Police station to denounce the unlawful arrest and demand custody visiting and take necessities (food, cloth, toothbrush etc) to the 3. But police did not let us meet the 3. Also even when the solicitor/lawyer arrived at 5pm police didn't let him visit the arrestees and blocked the visiting of the solicitor for 2 hours. It was only after 7pm that the solicitor could go in to visit the arrestees and the necessities were handed to our comrades. Later on the 28th, it wwas decided that the 3 were to be held for another 10 days and custody visiting by non-solicitors were banned. Police didn't only unjustly repressed us but also openly infringed on the arrestee's legal rights by blocking the custody visiting and holding the 3 unlawfully.

We can never condone this outrageousness. Since when do we have no right to walk the pavement ? Who made the police guard us in large excess when we were only walking the pavement? Who told the press false information and trying to pin a crime on the innocent 3?

Police always do this, make their move first and make us take the blame. The police fearing people are going to "see" the prime minister's house, never hesitate to trample on our comrades' freedom and lives. The police protect Aso. Then we will protect ourselves.

We say this with rage!
Release our 3 comrades immediately!
Apologize for the unlawful arrest!
Taro Aso, take the responsibility for your lack of supervision!
October 29th
Show your face,Aso!!
'Reality tour' Solidarity Group
The Tokyo Public safety ordinance is unconstitutional as the constitution says in Article 21 "Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed."But even this ordinance should not give police or other public servant power> to ban or censor any political publications or signs or gatherings other than march or demonstration.

As the Arrest Solidarity group,we strongly protest to this repression and demand the immediate release of the 3 arrestees. Please support our statement.

If you or your organization decided to support, email to " " as following
*I Support the statement of Show your face,Aso!! 'reality tour' Solidarity Group*
Title: (if you have one and don't mind letting us know. It can be work industry,organization name, or anything you do.)
Place you are living: (county,city or other)
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