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Protest actions in solidarity with Hong Kong take place in Japan

August 13, 2020

Dozens of people assembled near the Diet building on August 12 in protest against arrests of and a crackdown on Hong Kong citizens under the Hong Kong National Security Law.

Holding flags and signs reading “Free Hong Kong!” up high, they called on the Japanese government to work to help protect freedom and democracy in Hong Kong.

This event was organized by the group “Standing With Hong Kong, Tokyo”. A group member in his 20s whose parents are a Japanese and a Hong Konger said, “Japan is a democratic country. I hope the Japanese government will take a firm stance against human rights violations.”

A graduate student said, “Japan should suggest several possible solutions to bring human rights abuses to a stop.”

Similar actions also took place in Sapporo and Osaka on this day.

In downtown Osaka, demonstrators in a standing protest held placards in their hands reading, "Free Hong Kong! Democracy in Hong Kong! Respect human rights!" and called the attention of passersby.

A 41-year-old man said, "Let's stand in solidarity with Hong Kong citizens fighting for human rights and freedom!" A 45-year-old woman said, "Courageous acts of Hong Kong's young protesters are encouraging. I really respect them for not giving in to oppression."

Past related article:
> JCP protests the enactment of 'Hong Kong National Security Law' and calls for its withdrawal
[July 1, 2020]
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