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2011-01-15

International Statement of Solidarity for Comet Black, December 4

To everyone throughout the world who is fighting against discrimination, from the Rescue Committee for Comet Black, December 4: we would like to let you know what happened on a street near the Shibuya station, Tokyo, on December 4, 2010.


Choi Daniel (崔檀悦), also known as Comet Black, a young Korean sociologist born in Japan, a Zainichi, protested by himself against a Japanese racist rally filled with ethnic hatred. The racist mob assaulted him, and he suffered severe injuries requiring three weeks to heal. The police, nonetheless, took no action against the perpetrators of violence, and arrested Comet Black, the victim of violence, for assaulting Shuhei Nishimura, a Japanese grass-roots racist activist.


All Comet Black did was to protest in non-violent manners, standing alone before the racist march, holding a banner (See the following video). And the banner contained significant messages.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvdXPdxFjt8

He did not resort to any physical violence. Rather, dozens of racists started attacking him at once, hitting him with fists, kicking him, using Hinomaru poles as weapons. A lot of police officers were present at the scene to see it. The Shibuya Police Station *1 arrested him, however; they took his finger prints; they did not offer him immediate medical care; moreover, they let the actual perpetrators of violence walk free without proper investigation.


Fortunately Comet Black was released after about fifty hours of detention. However, this incident revealed the corruption and depravity of the Japanese civil society and government. Today’s Japan tolerates hate speech that debases human beings, and also condones hateful collective violence.


Comet Black’s banner contained the following messages:

I am here for a dialogue.


We shall defend the rights to ethnic education!!


We shall hold onto the spirit of the HanShin Educational Struggle!


Unification of the homeland! 우리는하나 ANTIFA Comet Black☆

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http://f.hatena.ne.jp/free_antifa/20101210220729


Comet Black was born in Japan, and grew up in the Republic of Korea until the age of 13; since then, he has lived in Japan. In the nineteenth century, Japan started invading Korea and unlawfully annexed the peninsula (then the Greater Korean Empire) in 1910. Through its colonization, Japan forced assimilation education there, tying to deprive Koreans of their names and language and make them second-class Japanese. Even since its surrender in 1945, it has continued to violate the legitimate rights of Korean residents in Japan, Zainich, and other foreigners to ethnic education. Symbolic of the resistance to such oppression was the HanShin Educational Struggle, which protested against the order, issued by the General Head Quarters (GHQ) of the American Military Administration (AMA) in 1948, to close down Korean schools.


Instead of facing the historical responsibility for crimes against humanity, however, the Japanese government has persisted in its complicity with the division of the Korean Peninsula. Japan participated in the Korean War on the American side; even now, it poses a military threat to the Peninsula as an ally of the United States. In 2010, the Japanese government chose to take a further step: it excluded Korean schools from the “tuition-free policy for high schools,” which was supposed to be universal. The action was taken as a part of the unjust sanctions politics against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. At the same time, it is also a clear sign of Japan’s continuing colonialism; it is an oppression of Korean residents in Japan, Zainichi, and it should not be tolerated.


Comet Black has been actively opposed to such discrimination. He has objected not only to discrimination against Koreans but also to discrimination against all foreigners living in Japan. He has been collecting signatures, participating in peaceful rallies; he has even organized an antiracist march himself; he is also networking people against anti-foreignism on the Internet. His supporters include his fellow Koreans, Japanese who oppose anti-foreignism, and even Japanese nationalists. He has been contributing to the antiracist movements in this country. His non-violent direct action on December 4 was no sudden caprice; it should be situated in the context of his steady commitment to the movements to counter anti-foreignism and discrimination against Korean schools.


Now, about the racists against whom Comet Black protested alone on December 4, 2010: they were celebrating the anniversary of their achievement on December 4, 2009, which was to attack the First Korean Elementary School of Kyoto, calling the students “sons and daughters of spies,” shouting “get out of Japan” [See the video below]. He expressed his opposition to such people in a non-violent way, and was heavily beaten up. The police arrested him; the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office *2 did not indict him after a lawyer (Kenta Hagio)’s interventions on his behalf, but made an ambiguous decision: under the Japanese legal system, they should have explicitly stated “no suspicion,” but chose not to do so.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2szx-WWR0rw


We are disappointed at what has been going on; we are also filled with a sense of crisis. We should never let him be isolated. As a member of the Japanese civil society as well as a Korean and a world citizen, he should not be personally exposed to any social, economic, political costs because of what has been taking place since December 4 last year.


We are his friends; we are his comrades. And we never tolerate unjust discrimination and violence. It is our sincere hope that the international anti-racist communities agree. I express solidarity with Comet Black. We express solidarity with Comet Black. I am a Comet Black. In Japan, social sanctions on Comet Black still persist even after his release. That is just unjust. If the attacks on Comet Black are to continue, please add me/us to the list.


We never stop saying this:


We do not tolerate discrimination under any circumstances.


OUR struggle has a long way to go.

   

 

January 9, 2011

Signed by the Rescue Committee for Comet Black, December 4 / ____________________________ (Blank space for anyone who is willing to sign)


p.s.

We call upon people in the entire world to express solidarity with Comet Black and the statement above. Circulation and translation are welcome and much appreciated. Let us exchange our thoughts on this in Gaza, Pyongyang, Cairo, New Delhi, Chiapas, Kyoto, San Francisco, Cheju, Besançon, Siberia, Habana, Tsuruhashi, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Cape town, Berlin, Vientiane, Euskadi, Seoul, Yaoundé, Teheran, Accra, Athens, Beijing, Ljubljana, Hiroshima, or any other place. We also suggest that Shibuya, December 4, be placed as an event in the world history.


You are encouraged to express your solidarity by leaving a message below, sending us a trackback, or by any other means necessary.


The statement in Japanese:

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/free_antifa/20110109/1294546371

The French Version:

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/free_antifa/20110122/1295632256


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adrienneadrienne 2011/01/27 07:49 おっしゃるとおりです。
まったく同感、同意です。

In solidarity with Comet Black, his friends, and his comrades,
Adrienne Hurley

Alexander BrownAlexander Brown 2011/01/31 19:12 同意です。
I support Comet Black and his friends and comrades and oppose racism in Japan, Australia and across the world.
Alexander Brown, New South Wales, Australia.

James PollardJames Pollard 2011/01/31 20:22 Much love and best wishes.

MarioMario 2011/02/01 18:09 100% with him, Japaneses are the worst racists,dangerous and crazy peoples on this planet.

ChrisChris 2011/02/01 18:55 As it turns out these japaneses have psychological disorders stemming from generations of inbreeding.
There are roughly 130 million in isolated islands.

Ever since 600AD, they (with intial 300,000 population) were locked in their islands.
That meant virtually all japaneses came from a population no more than Sockton, CA.
Inbreeding could have caused mutations in japaneses peoples and islands.

This is how rude and insecure japaneses are.
They won't communicate with the whole planet but try to make their business in every countries.
They won't learn,speak and write another language exept japanese language
(wish from their governement too,for brainwashing and close eyes of the population from outside on what happened in this island)

As for japaneses being racists, the United Nations conducted their independent reasearch and determined that japan has "deep rooted" and profound racism in their society.

Is there some kind of school class that all japaneses take called "inferiority complex" of japaneses?
Every single japaneses mention about that, even a japanese living in southern california mentions it.
Why would koreans who are taller, smarter, richer, ever
envy japaneses ?

Another good example of japanese sneakiness.
Japaneses had several versions of their flags.
The war flag (with 16 rays) had been around since 1870 up until 1945. But, here's the main controversy. These sneaky japaneses created a flag called "ground self defense" flag with 8 rays..
Anyone could be easily confused with the old war flag.
What drives Koreans and Chinese mad is that why did japaneses decide to keep rays on their military flags in the first place.
Can you imagine German military deciding to use Swastika with 5 prongs instead of the old 4 prongs?
I'll bet Europeans would get even madder because Germans are now teasing with them by utilizing the old Swastika with tweaked designs.
Germans then insists that the new military flag is different from the old Swastika. But, that's exactly what japaneses are doing.Show up this flag everywhere,TV,sports events,around the world..
Don't wonder why other asians are steaming mad on japaneses.
japaneses grew up lying to others,they're accustomed to questioning others.

I used to have several japaneses acquaintances and noticed that all of them were very sneaky and suspicious of even their fellow japaneses.
All japaneses I knew never said clear yes or no to others. Their answers were always somewhere in between yes and no..
It seems to me,japaneses are acting like arrogant with no plans to back up with their stance.
Even if I ask japaneses for their behaviors, they will simply ignore my questions as if they are from different planet.
Japaneses have been seriously brain washed by governement,school's teachers,medias,etc..

There aren't any asian countries that will ever allow japaneses to live in any parts of mainland asia.
Japaneses have tried to do that by force. If these japaneses continue with their sneaky behaviors, they will have absolutely zero chance coming to asian mainland.
Don't blame asians, Japaneses caused the hate.

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