In recent months there have been a number of stories regarding right-wing rallies, in particular those held by the anti-zainichi Korean group, the Zaitokukai.
But now, there comes news that 8 men from a self-described left-wing anti-Zaitokukai group, known as the “Otoko-Gumi” [“The Men Folk”] have been arrested for violence against a man participating in a right wing rally back in December 2013, a video of which appears to have been uploaded to the group’s homepage.
Some netizens have commented that this is proof the left-wing is made up of violent criminals who deserve to be punished, while others said that the left wing were just as bad as the right. A number of tweets singled out national broadcaster NHK for not reporting the news, but these comments were countered by netizens who criticized the Sankei Shimbun for its right-wing bias.
But overall, moderate voices prevailed on Twitter, with netizens insisting that no matter the issue, violence is never the solution.
From MSN Sankei West:
8 People Arrested From Leaders Of ‘Otoko-Gumi’ A Group That Says It’s Anti-Hate; Suspected Of Violence Against Right Wingers
The citizen group “Otoko-Gumi”, who preach anti-racism. On their homepage, they say “Otoko-gumi will continue to put extreme pressure on racists. We will also do relentless research on netouyo, and continue to go after them. With all our might, we will do away with racists”.
On June 16, the security division of Osaka Prefectural police arrested a total of 8 members of the “Otoko-gumi”, which professes to be an anti-racist citizen group, including Soeda Atsuhiro (41) of Tama Ward, Yamasaki City, leader of the group, and the group’s former director, Kimoto Takushi (43), also from Tama Ward, Yamasaki City. The men were arrested on suspicion of violating anti-violence laws for being involved in surrounding and attacking in a group other men who were trying to participate in a demonstration calling for Koreans to be ousted that was held in Osaka in December last year.
Relentless Toward Netouyo…Violent Video “Activity History”
Regarding the hate speech in the streets that incites racism, opposition between right-wing citizen groups and those who oppose them at regional demos held around Japan is growing more extreme.
According to police, on their homepage the Otoko-gumi call themselves an “anti-racist battle-front/militant group”. They take an adversarial stance against right-wingers, and have acted in opposition to regional demos.
The men are suspected of having acted violently toward a man (47) involved in a right-wing group who was trying to participate in the demo in Osaka on 26 October 2013 by surrounding him as a group, threatening him by saying “We won’t forgive you, motherfucker”, “We HATE you”, and by pushing him around.
The Otoko-gumi uploaded a video showing this online, featuring it on the historical activities section of their website under the title “Sudden Raid on the Racists”.
Comments from Twitter:
Come on, these guys are yakuza.
The people they were countering were the bloody Zaitokukai. The counter-group are of course going to be looking toward the Sankei Shimbun, which consistently supports the Zaitokukai with shitty articles like this.
I really wish the media would report on this properly! RT @daitojimari @mitico_Giappone
No matter the movement, they’re over at the point that they forget the feelings of normal citizens of Osaka.
They’re not going to broadcast this news?
I don’t accept the hate-speech of the Zaitokukai, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can whatever you want in opposition. I mean, these idiots are in the same vein as the anti-nuclear nuts, they probably just wanted to stand out and were happy to get arrested.
What the hell. The security division of the police out again?
It’s hilarious that they say they’re anti-hate speech, but all the while they’re being violent. There are some people who’ve had suspended sentences for previous crimes like this, but this time, give them actual time.
So an organization where a group suddenly starts attacking an individual is a citizens’ group? That’s no different from anti-social organizations like violent gangs. I mean, it just goes to show that they’re not right in the head when they do stuff like upload violent videos of themselves online as their past activities.
When something doesn’t benefit them, they resort to violence. These people are scum, nothing to do with racism or whatever. Even if this human trash claims that what they did was legitimate, who’s gonna back them up?
So these people hate discrimination, right? I wonder if they notice that their actions because of this are actually discriminating against others?
Come on, these guys are amateurs, they’re not even yakuza. @game_zuki: This is the true face of the left wing, they’re just violent criminals. Makes me laugh to think yakuza like that are talking about human rights.
One side’s as bad as the other (笑)
Oi, get along you lot ww
No matter what happens, violence is bad….
Hey, NHK! Stop covering these guys.
Say something about this!
I’m frightened of extreme left-wing violent groups. I want them all to be arrested and sent back to Korea. Or given the death penalty.
The police and public safety commission should crack down on violent zainichi mobs pretending to be citizen groups!
The avengers are banding together and fighting…but why the hell are they all in their 40s?