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On September 11th 2011 during the Shiroto No Ran anti nuke rally in Shinjuku (15 000 people)

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On September 11th 2011 during the Shiroto No Ran anti nuke rally in Shinjuku (15 000 people) 
FLASHBACK; this is a picture I took on September 11th 2011 during the Shiroto No Ran anti nuke rally in Shinjuku (15 000 people)... In the pic, you see an older gentleman standing by himself with this self made banner! I was very touched because despite such an important rally at the time, very few souls were actually attending to raise the issue of the people of Fukushima. No one was paying attention to him as everyone was screaming anti nukes slogans. But in his little voice and broken English, he was murmuring "save Fukushima people" ... Needless to say, I introduced myself and I stood by his side the rest of the way! We were chanting "Fukushima wo mamoru" all day long. He was very happy! And so I was ! Afterwards, we went to a nearby Izakaya and got drunk. A very productive day. Long live the people of Fukushima.

As for the rally itself, a big thanks to Matsumoto san and the rest of the organizers. The police made us change routes before trying to shut us down. But the rally progressed despite a few arrests and a couple of scuffles with authorities.

The following week, September 19th 2011, in Meiji Park, we were 60 000 strong. On that day, Ruiko Muto and Taro Yamamoto inspired us, supported by hundreds of Fukushima victims that came down to Tokyo specifically for that rally.

These are the two best rallies I have ever attended to.

Nelson Surjon
— at Shinjuku koen.
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