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I join mass Tokyo protest against WHO tyranny


TOKYO can be lovely on a late spring evening. On a Friday especially, the working week over, in the elegant quarter of the Ginza the bars and restaurants overflow. There’s no edge, just an ‘it’s my round’, ‘kampai!’ and ‘pass the karaoke mike’ affability. The talk, like the beer, is light and frothy.

Last Friday was markedly different, though. The grand Ginza thoroughfares were packed not with thirsty salarymen/women in search of refreshment and fun but with protesters raging against the World Health Organization, the global pandemic treaty, the new IHR regulations, and the biosecurity state which those at the day-long event, which has been called the largest anti-WHO protest the world has ever seen, are convinced is real and, with the connivance of the Japanese government, a looming prospect.

I’d gone along not expecting much. The anti-lockdown protests I’d attended in Tokyo had been, frankly, a disappointment. At a rough guess 300 was the most I witnessed. In other words, easily ignored, which of course we were. But Friday was different; estimates are tricky but there were perhaps 5,000 or more and that’s huge for Tokyo. There was a significant police presence. 

We congregated at the Hibiya open-air auditorium, an impressive Hollywood Bowl-type venue in Tokyo’s version of Central Park. A huge screen on the stage linked Tokyo with Geneva where a succession of high-profile speakers either transmitted live or had their video messages relayed to resounding cheers. They included Robert Malone, Pierre Kory, Tess Lawrie and microbiologist Sucharit Bhakdi.

We were armed with lightsticks and circular cards handed out by the organisers which carried both the Japanese flag and the logo of the ‘World Council of Health’ which is described by Wikipedia as ‘a pseudo-medical organisation dedicated to spreading misinformation to discourage COVID-19 vaccination, and promoting fake COVID-19 treatments’ – as good an endorsement as you are likely to get. It is headquartered in Bath, promotes what it calls the ‘great freeset’ and is affiliated with Children’s Health Defense, a group backed by US presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy Jr. Check out the website. Looks good to me.

There was a raw, almost Brexity-vibe to the crowd, which (another estimate) seemed majority female and, as much as this means anything in Japan, skewed slightly towards working-class. This was a very Japanese event, an assertion as much of national as bodily sovereignty (and perhaps a melding of the two).  My English friend and I were the only non-Japanese I saw there – and this in a city currently stuffed with ‘gaijin’ (foreigners) enjoying, courtesy of the free-falling yen, the world’s unlikeliest budget destination.

Sucharit Bhakdi’s speech was a highlight. He sounded like the voice of God speaking from on high, employing biblical language in a blistering indictment of the global health tyrants and an impassioned plea to the Japanese to resist what he sees as the next phase in the war on our freedoms. This is some of what he said:

‘The honour of the Japanese nation is at stake. Why? You were told the covid vaccines would protect you and your family from a deadly virus. You were told that the vaccines were effective and safe. We now know these were blatant lies. Greedy, power-hungry globalists tricked your government into taking your money to buy an untested genetic product which they said would protect you from the virus, a virus they themselves had created in a laboratory years before and which they knew was less dangerous than the common flu. The chance of a healthy Japanese being killed by the virus is near to zero . . .

‘You have been lured, like the rest of the world, to take a criminal path to Hell. Turn back now. Stop these criminals that have raised themselves above God. Stop these Satanic creatures who are turning humans into genetically modified organisms.’ 

Perhaps the most significant contribution, and the one most likely to have consequences, was from the Japanese former minister for internal affairs and communications and current House of Representatives member Kazuhiro Haraguchi, who apologised to the vaccine-injured and called for the ‘overthrow of the government’. Haraguchi said he had been vaccine-injured after receiving shots from two ‘lethal batches’.

The night wound up with a series of lesser-known Japanese speakers from various walks of life, whose message was roughly the same, not a call for any specific action, but a plea to ‘resist’, ‘don’t give up’ and ‘don’t lose’. We left just before the end but heard the crowd chanting ‘banzai’ as we exited the park. Banzai means ‘a thousand years’, a sign of the firmness of the resolve, the defiance, the anger.

This was the largest, best-organised and seemingly best-funded protest I have seen in 25 years of residence in Tokyo. Organised protests aren’t unusual here but they are generally small-scale and placid, on the lines of ‘save the local shrine from the developers’. This felt far more serious, like a genuine movement representing a sizeable consituency.

Next morning I scanned the Japanese news for any report of the event and found . . . nothing, a total media blackout. This induced a feeling of deja vu. Just as I occasionally imagine the whole covid period was some ghastly nightmare, I wondered if this huge protest hadn’t been a fevered dream.

But it was real. Impressively real.

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