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70% want 'noisy' rally restricted during Hiroshima A-bomb ceremony


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So now protesting is going to be disallowed because it is too noisy! Recently there was a Japan Today poll asking if we would ever see large scale demonstrations like those in Hong Kong here in Japan. Well now you have your answer. No! Why? They might disturb some people. They are too noisy. What the heck is wrong with Japanese people these days? I really wonder where things are headed.

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And quite right to. Ban the protest during the memorial service. This isn't the USA, so there is no need to make a fetish of free speech.

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I really wonder where things are headed.

In the wrong way. A country that is being silenced.

If they ban these noisy protests, will they also ban noisy election vans etc? I guess not.

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Protest all you want, but it seems very disrespectful to the dead they claim to be protesting on behalf of, to be doing it loudly during a moment of silence.

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Although I agree with the protesters' messages, I don't like all the noise they make during the ceremony to honor those that died.

A short period of silence to honor them should be respected by all, including the demonstrators.

Have them raise hell afterwards to rally the people.

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@Steven M. Jankowsk

They are protesting against war and nuclear weapons, as far as I can tell from the story they are not protesting on behalf of the dead.

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If I am a civilian murdered in the course of a war crime by a power that sells earrings in museums celebrating that crime as a glorious display of their righteous power, keep your moments of silence for me. I want the screeches to reach Heaven and Hell so I will be sure to hear them wherever I go. In fact, don't even stop there! Make the people who glorify their murder of me scream as well!

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If protesters were loudly protesting at the Alamo, Pearl Harbor or the WTC on their days of ceremony, you can bet those protests would be shut down in short order.

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The protesters should be quiet as a sign of respect to all those who perished. Many have no memorial, so this is the only event commemorating their lives and their passing.

On the flip side, protesters need to be heard and should be heard if they wish to be so.

However the protesters are harming their own message. As what better way to highlight the terrible destructive power of war and nuclear weapons than having world leaders come and pay their solemn respects to those who perished in a service such as this. The occasion is damaged if the protesters interfere with it by broadcasting over the top.

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So, protesters are OK in Hong Kong but not in Japan or the US?

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People who are against Abe and nuclear weapons will be silenced. Meanwhile, the fascists will be allowed to drive around screaming abuse and nobody will say a word.

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Could this no be considered cultural appropriation.

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There are times and places where the "voice" can be detrimental to a cause for which it is voiced.

This is one place and time when the manner in which such voice is expressed detracts from the primary reason and purpose of the memorial. It is the thoughts and feelings of those who have "direct" and "immediate" relationship to the memorial could and should be respected, just as the voice and cause for which the demonstrators may want theirs to be respected.

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I've been to the ceremony and you know what, the deafening noise during the moment of silence is plain disrespectful. Protest all day long all you like, but Jesus, the moment of silence is to respect the dead and bring focus to the moment. Come on! The moment of silence is about peace. And besides, if you've walked through the park on that day, the place is full of people advocating for the end of nuclear weapons and world peace. I was personally approached by a Japanese woman who wanted me as an American to add a flower to a wreath for peace or something. Beautiful. I don't get the protests.

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