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Protest Action

Summer, 2015

この日、国会前は”戦争法案”に反対する人々で埋め尽くされた。
On this day, people in front of the National Assembly were filled with people who opposed the "war bill". — Tamotsu Utsunomiya

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国会前を埋め尽くした民衆
People who filled the National Assembly

2015年夏は人々の熱気で暑かった。国会前には日没後も、”戦争法案”に反対する労働組合や市民団体、学生グループの呼びかけに応じ、国会前にはぞくぞくと人々が集結した。参加者は、主催者発表によると、霞が関などの周辺地域を含めてのべ約35万人。高齢者、主婦、若者、車いすの障害者、小さい子どもを抱えたお母さんやお父さんもいる。そうした”普通の人々”が反対の声をあげたのが、この集会の大きな特徴だった。

People were hot and hot in the summer of 2015. Before the National Assembly, even after sunset, according to the calls of labor unions, civil society groups and student groups opposing the "war bill", people gathered in front of the National Assembly.According to the organizer 's announcement, participants are about 350,000 people including surrounding areas such as Kasumigaseki.Elderly people, housewives, young people, handicapped persons with disabilities, mothers and small fathers holding small children are also there. It was a big feature of this meeting that such "ordinary people" gave the opposite voice.

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夜遅くなっても民衆は次々と集まってきた。
People have gathered one after another evening late at night.

こうした抗議行動は、東京だけでなく全国350カ所以上で行われたという。この後、政府与党は国会で戦争法案を強行採決し成立させた。しかし、世界に誇る日本国憲法の「価値」に国民が気付き、危機感をもった”普通の人々”のなかには、こうした集会に初めて参加したという人も多い。友達を誘い、家族を誘い、恋人を誘って参加した歴史的な意義は大きい。

Such protest action took place not only in Tokyo, but at more than 350 places nationwide.After this, the government ruling party forced the war legislation to be voted and established in the National Assembly. However, many people have noticed the "value" of the world-renowned Japanese Constitution, and people in the "ordinary people" who felt a sense of crisis participated in such meetings for the first time.The historical significance of inviting friends, inviting their families and inviting their lovers is great.

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国会前の機動隊
Riot police before the National Assembly
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のぼり旗を持って集まる人々
People gathered with climbing flag
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機動隊の監視が厳しい
Monitoring of riot police is tough