N Koreans protest 'abuse' in Japan

About 3,000 North Koreans have rallied in Japan claiming they are being abused by authorities, as tensions flare between the countries.

N Koreans protest 'abuse' in Japan
North Korean residents in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, held the rare public protest on Saturday under posters of Kim Jong-Il, North Korea's leader, to denounce how they are treated.
Dozens of police in helmets and other riot gear surrounded the rally in Tokyo's Hibiya Park, blocking about 20 nationalists who shouted "Koreans, go home!" over loudspeakers.
Tokyo's conservative-led local government had earlier unsuccessfully tried to ban the demonstration.

Fearing violence


The association of Japan's North Korean residents, known as Chongryon, said it had called the rally to demand an end to police harrassment and the bullying of North Korean schoolchildren, which it says have intensified since Pyongyang carried out missile tests in July.


The protesters also want the resumption of a ferry between the two countries, which Japan shut down permanently after North Korea tested an atom bomb in October.


Chongryon estimated about 3,000 people attended the rally.


"Japan's violations of human rights against the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] and Koreans in Japan cannot be allowed, no matter what," said Nam Sung-U, Chongryon's second-in-command.


"We Koreans in Japan have gone through such suffering during colonial rule and even after liberation. We have united to survive," he said.


About 700,000 Koreans live in Japan, mostly a legacy of those who emigrated or were enslaved during colonial rule. A disputed number are affiliated with North Korea.


Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, built his career on campaigning against North Korea, particularly over its abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16