Resistance and Refusal in Osaka

 
In Japan's industrial and port city of Osaka, precarious workers and unemployed have dug themselves in, opting out of monthly rent payments, a policed neighborhood or so-called "worker's hotels" which charge $20 a night, and instead erecting a permanent tent village in Nishi-Nari Park. Residents are now engaged in a sustained campaign to defend the occupied park against a city-imposed "assistance menu," which in the past has taken shape as an aggressive city intervention and eviction campaign, as recently experienced by the residents of Osaka Castle Park. Residents have requested solidarity actions, such as contacting the Osaka Prefecture office in San Francisco (tel 415-288-3920, fax 415-288-3924). The city government has reportedly refused to even look at a statement of demands presented by residents of the park. Full story | Indymedia Japan

In Japan's industrial and port city of Osaka, precarious workers and unemployed have dug themselves in, opting out of monthly rent payments, a policed neighborhood or so-called "worker's hotels" which charge $20 a night, and instead erecting a permanent tent village in Nishi-Nari Park. Residents are now engaged in a sustained campaign to defend the occupied park against a city-imposed "assistance menu," which in the past has taken shape as an aggressive city intervention and eviction campaign, as recently experienced by the residents of Osaka Castle Park. Residents have requested solidarity actions, such as contacting the Osaka Prefecture office in San Francisco (tel 415-288-3920, fax 415-288-3924). The city government has reportedly refused to even look at a statement of demands presented by residents of the park. Full story | Indymedia Japan

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