N Koreans protest 'abuse' in Japan

Demonstrators demand an end to police harrassment and bullying of schoolchildren.

    Tokyo's conservative-led local government unsuccessfully tried to ban the demonstration [AFP]

    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.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.