Watch: Up to 200,000 reported lining streets of Tokyo for protest (PHOTOS & VIDEOS) — Armored vehicles barricade PM’s residence — NYT Reporter: “See office workers, moms w/ small kids, seniors, Buddhist priests”

Published: June 29th, 2012 at 11:56 am ET
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Tens of thousands protest Japan nuclear restart
AFP
June 29, 2012

Tens of thousands protest Japan nuclear restart

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The protesters, carrying placards which read “Rise up against the restart” and “The nuclear era is over,” lined the streets around Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence in central Tokyo as police watched on, according to an AFP photographer.

The main entrance to the residence was seen guarded by armoured vehicles and barricades of uniformed police.

Organisers quoted in local media estimated turnout exceeded 100,000 people, over double the turnout they estimated at a similar protest last week. Lawmaker Yoshisu Arita, however, placed the figure at closer to 20,000 on Twitter.

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The demonstration had been called by liberal writers Takashi Hirose and Satoshi Kamata in an online message which spread on Twitter and Facebook in what was likened by a popular tabloid to the “Arab Spring,” a wave of protests that topped governments in the Arab world last year.

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UPDATE: Asahi: 150,000 to 180,000 said to protest in Tokyo streets -- Top headline on Mainichi (NEW VIDEO)

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Published: June 29th, 2012 at 11:56 am ET
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