Update on G8 repression

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Jun 13 2008 00:19
Update on G8 repression

Update:

Over 40 people have been arrested in pre-emptive sweeps of broad left and anarchist groups.

Kin from the Kamagasaki Patrol, who is constantly followed by police and usually has a helicopter following him at demonstrations, was arrested yesterday morning. They haven't even come up with a charge for him apparently. Falsifying the reasons may be difficult since there are no problems with his address registration or parole. Nevertheless he will be held for 23 days for sure.

The same day a union in Rakunan, Kyoto was raided, had their office searched and 2 of their members arrested (details below in Japanese).

Not clear when this happened just yet but 4 members of the Chuukaku-ha Leninist organization were arrested in Tokyo, apparently members of the leadership.

On May 29th, there were 38 people arrested at Hosei University in Tokyo, at a political assembly against the G8 at the University. Dunno why this hasn't made the activist newswires, perhaps I don't know some details or perhaps it's because they're communists? Vague.

http://hosei29.blog.shinobi.jp/Date/20080531/ (for details)

Tabi Rounin (Rebel Jill) will probably be out on the 27th, won't likely let him out before the g8.

A bank account has been set up at the post office to support Tabi:

Yuubin Furikae Kouza 00200-5-38572 Meigi 5-16 Kitsuke Kokushoku Enkai

Monetary contributions could go there if it were even realistic to transfer money internationally. We've already gathered some money for his defense.

Tabi is apparently doing well inside, and is full of spirit. Update: Tabi may be released this afternoon.

Following are details about the union activist arrests:

【以下、転送・転載をよろしくお願いします!】

 6月10日に洛南ユニオンの組合員が不当逮捕され、洛南ユニオ
ンの組合事務所、自立労連の組合事務所にがさ入れが入りました。

 今後、逮捕者の奪還、不当逮捕、不当捜索に対する抗議行動を取
り組んでいきますのでご協力お願いします。

┌────────────────────────────┐
│    こ ん な 弾 圧 、 許 せ る か !    │
│                            │
│  京都府警・京都地裁の不当なサミット弾圧を糾弾する  │
└────────────────────────────┘

   ■ 京都府警による組合事務所の不当捜索に抗議する ■
 
 6月10日(火)朝9時前、自立労働組合連合や洛南ユニオン、
洛南労組連、アジア共同行動などが入っている組合事務所に、京都
府警警備三課(いわゆる公安)19名が、洛南ユニオンの組合員A
さんの「詐欺被疑事件」(捜査令状)で家宅捜索を行った。しかし、
後に述べるように、それはサミット反対闘争つぶしのために、無理
やり理由をこじつけて闘う労働組合を捜索するという、極めて不当
なものである。

     ■ ビックリするようなこじつけの容疑内容 ■
 
 京都府警(責任者・堀)は、A組合員が2004年に「失業保険
を不正受給」したことを、家宅捜索の被疑事実としている(そもそ
もA組合員は事実を否認している)。今から4年前も前のことであ
り、もし仮に事実だとしても、ハローワークが対応すべきことでは
ないのか?なぜ京都府警がやるのか?という私たちの追及に対し、
責任者・堀は「第三課で独自にやらせてもらった」と、政治的な狙
い撃ち捜査であることを自ら明らかにした。また、百歩譲ったとし
て、個人の被疑事件でなぜ組合事務所を捜索するのか、という追及
に対しては、「アジア共同行動の連絡先は自立労連だろう」と言う
だけで、いっさい納得できる理由を」示さなかった。 

    ■ 京都府警による恐るべきネツ造のストーリー ■
 
 京都府警は、組合事務所を家宅捜索する根拠を、「A組合員がア
ジア共同行動にカンパするために不正受給を行った」との憶測に基
づき〝A組合員とアジア共同行動の関係を見つけ出すため〟という、
勝手にデッチ上げたストーリーの証拠を作り出すための無茶苦茶な
不当捜索を行った。

 3時間近くも、組合事務所を占拠し、捏造したストーリの裏づけ
探しをしたが、そもそも有りもしない、「アジア共同行動に金を流
した」証拠など見つかるはずもなく、A組合員の名前のある洛南ユ
ニオンの執行委立候補名簿や組合費納入リストなどを持ち帰った。
これが「詐欺罪」の証拠だと言うつもりなのだろうか?

 まさに前代未聞の不当不法捜索である。

 こんなことを許していたら、どんな理由ででも、労働組合や平和
団体に国家権力が介入し、その活動をシラミつぶしにして破壊する
ことが許される世の中になってしまう。こんなメチャクチャが許さ
れるはずがない。私たちは、断固としてこの不当捜索に抗議する。

 ■ マスコミの反サミット運動弾圧キャンペーンを許さない ■
 
 こんな不法・不当の逮捕・拘束と捜査を行った京都府警を、断じ
て許さない。同時に、不当捜査令状を出した向健志・京都地裁裁判
長は、法治国家にあるまじき行いを撤回するよう、私たちは強く要
請する。

 また新聞各紙は、事実調査もせず、悪意に満ちた府警情報をたれ
流した。これ自体マスコミを利用した大きな人権侵害である。本人
は、そもそも容疑事実を否認している。

 今、全国各地で、サミット運動に反対する活動家や平和団体、市
民団体などに対し、微罪による逮捕・拘束・不当捜索などが相次い
でいる。警察・検察・裁判所やマスコミなどによる、反サミット運
動弾圧を糾弾する。京都地裁・京都府警・京都新聞に、断固として
抗議していこう。弾圧に抗し、〝戦争と貧困・格差〟を引き起こし
ている張本人G8に対する反サミット闘争の勝利を闘いとっていこ
う。

2008.6.11
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David in Atlanta
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Jun 13 2008 01:00

I just published news about the repression on the Atlanta indymedia site.

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Jun 13 2008 12:28

Translation of the above text by Kyoto unionists.

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Protesting against Kyoto Police raid of union office

10th of June before 9 in the morning, 19 police men from Kyoto
Prefecture Police Security 3rd department (so called public safety dep.)
raided and searched the union office which is used by Rakunan Union,
Rakunan Workers Network, Asia Joint Action (Asia Kyodokodo) , (and )
also an house of 'A' who is a member of Rakunan Union for the suspect of
"fraud related incident" (with an arrest warrant), which is an apparent
excuse to crush the movement against the summit.

Kyoto Police(Hori is the person in charge) claims that the union member
'A' unlawfully received unemployment allowance in 2004, which is claimed
to be found as a proof after the search of his house. ('A' denies this of
course.) This is something which happened in 4 years ago and even if
what they claim was true, it should had been dealt by Hello Work
(something like JobCenter). Responding to our question, Hori said it was
conducted originally by the 3rd Department. Answering to another
question why they had to search the union office for an suspected
incident of an individual, he gave no convincing reasons other than
saying "It is Independent Workers Network (Jiritsu Rooren) which is used
as a contact address for Asia Joint Action (Asia Kyodokodo).

Kyoto police did the search based on their made-up story, 'A' received the
allowance to fund Asia Joint Action (Asia Kyodokoodo) to find out his
relation to the group for the proof of their fake story.

They spend three hours searching and occupying the office for the proof,
which of course can not be found. Instead, they brought back a list of
members of Rakunan Union and a list of members payment of union fee.
Are they going to claim that these are the proof of his "fraud"??

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Jun 14 2008 08:02

Riots in Kamagasaki last night and today over the brutal beating of a worker here.

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Jun 14 2008 17:51

More updates:

The riot began because a man who was arrested in a shopping
arcade near Kamagasaki was taken to the Nishinari police station
where he was punched repeatedly in the face by four detectives one
after another. Then he was kicked and hung upside down by rope to be beaten
some more.

Once he was free he showed his friends the wounds from the beatings and
the rope. This brought over 200 workers around the police station who
demanded that the police chief come out and apologize. Later people
also started demanding that the four detectives be fired.

The riot stopped about midnight yesterday with the riot police
being backed into the police station. This morning they brought
over 35 police buses and riot vehicles into the Naniwa police
station and are obviously planning to use them against the rioters.
We were there for a few hours today and took many pictures and
will report on the situation soon. Surveillance everywhere,
especially from the top of the police station. The workers
organizations maintaining the protest have chosen a good time to do
this since it puts the police department in the international
spotlight for their brutal practices. So far, the police have not
made their move yet but when they do it will be merciless.

Today a police infiltrator was found in the crowd, pushed up
against a fence and got a metal bar to his skull.

Tabi Rounin has been released and we met with him tonight. He is
in good spirits.

Detailed Japanese account follows, please translate if possible:

芳井です。
誰かが状況を報じておいた方がよかろう、ということだったので流しときます。
報道もおそらくカメラを入れてなかったし、ちゃんと状況を伝えないと思うの
で。

昨夜の(というか今日の早朝)3時ごろ、鶴見橋の店で警察を呼ばれ、西成署に
連れて行かれた労働者が暴行された経緯は、解放会館がメールで知らせていた通
り。
無銭飲食などではなく、つっけんどんな客扱いに不満を言っただけのことだっ
た。
で、連れて行かれた西成署の3階の個室で、4人の刑事に代わる代わる顔を殴ら
れ、紐で首を締められ、足蹴りされ、挙句の果てに両足持たれて逆さ釣りにされ
た。
気が遠くなると、スプレーをかけられたと言う。
その抗議行動が、今日の夕方、いつものように、西成署正門前に街宣車を置いて
始められていた。

ぼくはたまたま大国町に行かねばならない用事があり、それを見ながら通り過ぎ
ていたのだが、打ち合わせが終わった帰りの20時半ごろ、出城の交差点過ぎ
て、南海線のガードに近づくと、機動隊が1個小隊、整列して待機しているのに
出くわし、まだやってるのかと思って現場に行くと、300人は下らない労働者
が西成署を取り囲んでいる所だった。
街宣による抗議は19時半くらいにいったん終り、いつもなら抗議が終わったら
自然に人も引いて行くのだが、今回は激しくなるばかり。
それで、ひょっとして誰か持って行かれたんやないかと思い、知った面々をつか
まえて聞いてみると、それはなかった。

抗議していた面々や、暴行を受けた当事者の人とも会い、殴られて腫れ上がった
顔や、縄で締められた跡が生々しい首などを見せてくれた。
警察の取り調べで紐で首を締めるか?普通。
付き添って行った人の話だと、病院の医師も「これはやりすぎや」と言っていた
という。

そうした話を聞いている最中にも、「オレもやられた」と話に割り込んでくる人
がたくさんいるのもいつも通り。
「あんた、よく言ってくれた」と涙を流している労働者もいる。
でも、21時をまわってこの騒ぎはさすがに異常に感じられた。

ぼくが着く少し前、正門から若い警官が出てきて、横柄な口をきいたあげくに何
人かを殴ったらしく、それで収まらなくなったとも言う。
それは、どうやら労働者の対応に慣れない新任の警官だったらしい。
すでに署の外に警官の姿はなく、塀の内には投げ込まれたいろんなモノが散乱。
付近の路上も惨憺たる有様。
相変わらずの西成署のアホな対応にはあきれるばかり。
騒ぎを大きくしているのはヤツらである。

やがて焦点は閉じられた正門から北門に移り、門をぶち破ろうとする人垣が大き
く波打ってる。
ステンレスの頑丈な門戸はそう簡単には破れないし、向こう側には車を置いて
つっかえにしているが、シュプレヒコールがあがり、諦めない。
一時、白い煙が舞い上がって路上を覆ったので、催涙弾でも撃たれたのかと思っ
てタオルを口に巻いたが、誰かが投げた消火器が破裂したらしい。
繰り返す怒声とときの声。
ガラスの割れる音。
投げられる自転車。
味方が投げたワンカップが頭に当たったりしてる人はいたが、幸い、こちら側に
怪我人は出ていないようだ。

やがて南海線のガード側から待機していた機動隊が近づき、一気に緊張が高まっ
たが、いかんせん人数が少なく、こちらを威圧するつもりはハナからないと分か
ると、勢いづいた労働者が、門から署内に入ろうとする機動隊に逆に襲いかか
り、門のところで乱闘が繰り広げられた。
ジェラルミンの盾やヘルメットを奪って走る若い労働者たちもいる。

その門が開いた時の乱闘で、若い機動隊員が倒れた。
そいつを「重傷や」と言って、目の前を運んで行ったのは、こちら側のEとK。
完全に意識不明で、放っておくとリンチになりかねないので、助け出したのだ。
彼らは正門付近に固まっていた仲間の機動隊員に話し掛け、そいつを中に入れ
て、悠々と引き揚げてくる。
中に入った機動隊は、隊列を組みなおして、一度外に出ようとしたが、ワンカッ
プの集中攻撃を浴びて、あえなく引き下がった。

今日はG8サミットの財務省会議の初日。
機動隊の主力はそちらの警備に出払っているだろう。
30人くらいではどうにもならない。
労働者は状況をよく知っているし、「訓練不足のヤツラを回してきやがった」と
うそぶく人もいる。

それを思うと、なんでわざわざこんなタイミングに、こんな騒ぎを起こすのか。
全く西成書の愚かさに、あきれるばかりである。
こうなる前に、署長なり誰か出てきて、素直に謝ればよいのである。

久々というか、ここ数年の西成の騒ぎの中では、空前の怒りが燃え上がっている
ように感じられた。
それに、釜でもだんだんと目立たなくなっていた若い労働者が物凄く元気だった
のも印象に残った。

用事で最後まで見届け出来なかったが、とりあえずの一報として。
至らない報告に補足を願う。
また、さらなる怪我人や逮捕者が出ていないことを祈る。

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Jun 15 2008 05:35

For German language readers: http://www.fau.org/artikel/art_080615-065236 contains a summary on the subject. Feel free to use or distribute it.

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Jun 15 2008 13:31

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/~cex38710/thesedays13.htm

Summary and pictures from a comrade at the riots. Wasn't able to get down there today. Not sure what the situation is.

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Jun 16 2008 08:24

http://photos.yahoo.co.jp/ph/kamaboudou/lst?.view=t&.dir=/d625

Pics of the riot someone took, really just of the cops though.

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Jun 16 2008 12:19

Detailed account translated ,(probably some mistakes are found,please correct them).

I heard someone should write a report so I'm doing it now.
There were no camera from media, so they probably won't report the situation.

Last night(or today in early morning)3am, police was called in a shop at Tsurumibashi
and the worker was taken to Nishinari Police station.

It wasn't a eat and run,it was just that the worker complained about gruff manner of the shop person.
Then at a cell in the second floor(3F),the worker was punched,kicked, by the each of the 4 detectives,and ended up being hanged wrong side up as they holds the worker's foot.

When the worker started feeling far, the detectives began spraying something to him.
The protest action against this incident started, as always, with sound truck parked at
the front door of Nishinari Police station.

I had to go to Daikokucho, so I was passing by watching the action.But when I came back
around 8:30pm ,passing through the Deshiro intersection and reaching to Nankai-line underpass, I bumped into a riot police platoon waiting in array. Then I though the protest is still going on,and went to see it so I found no less than 300 workers surrounding Nishinari station.

The protest with sound car ended about 19:30 pm, and usually when it's over people starts to leave but this time it just got bigger.
I checked for my acquaintance but found no one.

I met the people from protest action and the worker who were beaten by detectives. He showed me his swelled face by being punched and scars in his neck from being roped.
Is it normal to rope people at interrogation?
The person who took the worker to hospital said the doctor told "They've done too much".

When the worker was telling his stories other workers come and say"I've had that,too ", as usual.
Some cried saying "More power to you".But after 21pm this excitement is unusual.

Before i arrived a young policeman came from the front door and said something rude, then ended up beating few people so the situation had got bigger.

The policeman was a new face who didn't know how workers usually react to these things.
There were no police outside the station , and inside of the wall every kind of thrown objects was scattered.The streets nearby looked trashed.
I was shocked by the Nishinary police behaving horrible as usual.They are the one causing this trouble.

The front gate became quiet as people moved to the north gate and a big wave of people were trying to break the gate.
The stainless made gate is not easily breakable, and there is a car the other side to protect the gate but people began to chant, not losing hope.

A white smoke appeared and covered the street.I though they used the tear gas and covered my mouth by a towel but it was a fire extinguisher someone had thrown.
repeating angry voices
Sound of glass being broken
Bikes are thrown
Someone got hit in head by a "cup sake" thrown by our friends, but other than that,
we didn't experience injuries.

The riot police walked toward us from Nankai line guard,where there were waiting.
The situation became tense. But they were not many and that was obvious sign of
no intention to intimidate the workers. So the excited workers jumped to the riot cops
who were about to enter the police station from the gate.Then a fight started.
Some young workers runs with stolen the police helmets and shields.

A young riot cop fall down during the fight at the gate.It was out friends E and K
who carried him saying "this is serious.". The cop was totally unconscious, so if we left him there he might be beaten up.That's why E and K saved him.
They talked to the riot cops crowded at the gate and left him inside then came back to us.
The riot cops reformed themselves and tried to come out again but were attacked by "cup sakes", then they had to back off.

Today was the first day of 8 finance minister meeting, the main force of riot police is probably concentrated there.
30 cops wouldn't do.
The workers knows the situation well, some even complacently say "They gave us the untrained bunch".

Considering that, why the Nishinari police would make this trouble in such time?
They are just too foolish.The Chief of police should have come out and apologize frankly
before causing all this mess.

I couldn't witness the whole thing because I had thing to do, but it's the first report for now.
I hope someone will fill the gap of this lacking report.
I also hope we see no more arrest or injury.

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Jun 17 2008 14:18

Working on a text summarizing the developments here, will try to get it out by tomorrow.