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Japan: Counter-protesters scuffle with police at anti-racism rally in Kawasaki01:53

Japan: Counter-protesters scuffle with police at anti-racism rally in Kawasaki

Japan, Kawasaki City
June 5, 2016 at 09:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Minor scuffles erupted at a protest against racism in Kawasaki City's Nakahara Peace Park on Sunday, after right-wing activists attempted to disrupt the rally, forcing police to intervene.

No arrests or violence were reported at the time of writing. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans condemning racism, while a large police presence had to prevent counter-protesters from breaching the cordons.

The protest comes only one week after Japan introduced its first-ever anti-hate speech law and happened in support of a recent injunction that was issued by a district court in Kanagawa Prefecture. The ruling prevented an anti-Korean activist from holding a rally near the premises of a group supporting ethnic Koreans.

Japan: Counter-protesters scuffle with police at anti-racism rally in Kawasaki01:53
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Minor scuffles erupted at a protest against racism in Kawasaki City's Nakahara Peace Park on Sunday, after right-wing activists attempted to disrupt the rally, forcing police to intervene.

No arrests or violence were reported at the time of writing. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans condemning racism, while a large police presence had to prevent counter-protesters from breaching the cordons.

The protest comes only one week after Japan introduced its first-ever anti-hate speech law and happened in support of a recent injunction that was issued by a district court in Kanagawa Prefecture. The ruling prevented an anti-Korean activist from holding a rally near the premises of a group supporting ethnic Koreans.

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