Tatekawa Tent Village’s Call for International Action to Stop the Exclusion of Homeless People (March 6, 2012)

Please support the Tatekawa Tent Village by sending a message to the Koto Ward office to protest recent evictions.

The situation is dire and your responses could help prevent another eviction.

Please send faxes to the three parties listed below before the end of March.
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Osaka, Japan: Declaration of Protest Against the Evictions


*Declaration of Protest Against the Evictions of Park Squatters in Utsubo and Osaka-jo Park*

On January 30th, 2006, mobilizing nearly 700 city employees, guardsmen and police against around 20 squatters in Utsubo Park and Osaka-jo Park, Osaka city forced through its eviction through so-called ‘administrative action’.

In the process of eviction, one person was illegitimately arrested on suspicion of ‘assault’, three were taken away in ambulances (of which one was a guardsmen with a broken bone that should take a month to heal), with many suffering contusions and other wounds. Until the last, our comrades who tried to defend their own tents and huts were pulled out as the city refused all discussion, and surrounded just steps away as their homes were shredded and smashed, forced to witness the eviction of all their belongings.

With rage in our hearts, we denounce this city’s inhuman violence.

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Squatted tent city in Tokyo, Japan

ENOA-RU is a barter caf in Yoyogi park, Tokyo, that prefer to get some stuff,food,clothes,rather than pay money,and there are many pictures on display are painted at the painting workshop( take place every Tuesdays).

Yoyogi park is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo. About 300 people live there,and put up blue huts and tents for their own lives. Japanese society often calls us “Homeless people”, thought I think we are like squatters. I mean some Yoyogi park people live here by choice.

Yoyogi park people create their own life and their own work. Japanese society conspires against Homeless people and actively seeks to displace. Squatting is illegal in Japan and squatters are treated as “problem people”. In any event, the police can remove them.

I think Yoyogi life and work is a worthwhile and fascinating facet of contemporary culture. That is to say, capitalist society created the need for the Yoyogi park community. So we should conserve Yoyogi park people.

Misako Ichimura

tabitabitocotom [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] jp

Misako Ichimura