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“We are sending official refusals for all the submitted applications,” the head of the department of regional security Alexey Mayorov told Interfax news agency on Wednesday. He explained that by “compliance with ethics” required by law alongside the need for “developing patriotism among the younger generation.”Earlier this year, Mayorov said that from the point of view of the city administration, there is no need for such events in the city.The rally organizer Nikolay Alekseev initially planned to hold the event in the form of a march on Myasnitskaya street and a rally in front of the Bolshoi Theater in central Moscow. Later, gay activists applied for a picket in the Sokolniki Park, which is a newly designated venue for popular political events under the capital’s ‘Hyde Parks’ initiative.The administration of the park in their turn has notified Alekseev that they also turned down their application. The officials said that on May 25 and 26 the park will be hosting celebrations for kids marking the end of school year in Russia.“In this regard, the conduct of political activities during this period in the park is inadvisable” said the administration according to the activists. So-called ‘Hyde Parks’ can deny an application if there are conflicting interests.But activists are sure that their rights have been violated, as the administration of the Sokolniki park, in case of refusal, should provide the nearest available time and notify the activists, which the administration reportedly failed to do. The organizer Alekseev intends to sue the officials.”Moscow ‘gay-pride’ showed the absurdity of the idea of a ‘Hyde Park ‘, which authorities initially created to give people an opportunity of free expression. As it turns out not all citizens can express themselves,” said Alekseev.Organizers reapplied intending to hold a rally on May 27, “when Russia will mark the 20th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.” In turn the deputy director of the park Sokolniki Aleksandr Lebedev said that the park administration will consider the application. Thought he noted that due to mass festivities of school graduates the move to hold a rally during that period is “impractical.”Moscow authorities have selected two city parks in the Russian capital for holding rallies and political debates – Gorky Park in the city center, and Sokolniki in the southeast. Starting with early January, anyone seeking to arrange a rally must inform the park’s management several days before the event. Russian media have dubbed the areas Moscow’s ‘Hyde Parks,’ referring to the London park where anyone can freely express themselves at ‘Speakers’ Corner.’ The parks can host up to two thousand people, but are not suitable for massive rallies, which will still require a special permit from Moscow authorities. …
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All is fair in love and war, espoused Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka and co-founder of nationalistic opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party).Those sex slaves were euphemistically called ‘comfort women’ and came from several countries, mostly China and Korea, but also from Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan. It is believed that no less than 200,000 women passed through this system.“In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that,” Hashimoto told reporters at the Osaka City Government building. Brothels were needed “to maintain discipline in the military – it must have been necessary at that time,” he specified.Hashimoto stressed that he is familiar with the history of the period and insisted that sex slavery was common not only in the Japanese army, an obvious reference to alleged ‘Joy Divisions’ in Nazi concentration camps in Europe during World War II.An unidentified government official told South Korean Yonhap news agency that Seoul is disappointed that a senior Japanese official “made comments supportive of crimes against humanity and revealed a serious lack of a historical understanding and respect for women’s rights,” AP reported.But Toru Hashimoto refused to deny that comfort women were forced to provide sexual services against their will.“It is a result of the tragedy of the war that they became comfort women against their will. The responsibility for the war also lies with Japan. We have to politely offer kind words to [former] comfort women,” he said, following the path of former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who in his tenure apologized to those Asian countries that Japan colonized in the first half of the 20th century.In 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Tomiichi Murayama issued a statement in which he acknowledged that the Japanese military forces were “seriously involved” in “staining the honor and dignity of many women” and offered his profound apology to all wartime comfort women who suffered “emotional and physical wounds that can never be closed.”The current position of the Japanese government has suffered little change since then.“The stance of the Japanese government on the comfort women issue is well known. They have suffered unspeakably painful experiences. The [present PM] Abe cabinet has the same sentiments as past cabinets,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told journalists on Tuesday.However, the co-leader of Japan Restoration Party expressed support to the contrary position of PM Shinzo Abe, who recently made a controversial statement that Japanese aggression in WWII is yet to be defined. The statement sparked outrage in South Korea and China.“What Prime Minister Abe is saying is correct in that, academically, there are no definitions on aggression,” Hashimoto said.But the co-leader of the opposition party went even further. Last week Toru Hashimoto visited Japan’s southernmost Okinawa prefecture, which hosts the US largest military bases in Japan. There he met local politicians to discuss uniting forces in replacing American military from the prefecture’s main island. Also, during a meeting with American military brass there, he proposed that the US marines should use local sexual facilities more actively to control sexual energies.Hashimoto tweeted on Tuesday that official military brothels are nothing new and that immediately after the WWII the Allied Occupation forces in Tokyo established the Recreation and Amusement Association, which ran a number of brothels for soldiers.The Pentagon’s spokesperson has dubbed Hashimoto’s remark ‘ridiculous’, The Japan Times reported, while Tokyo officially specified that the remark was made by an opposition politician and represents his own opinion.Still, there is a chance that both Washington and Tokyo misread Hashimoto’s intent. He may have been referring to Okinawa’s already existing ‘bath houses’, which is a delicate name for accommodation house, to large extent to save the local female population from sexual harassment by the American contingent. Usually heavily-censored by Japanese authorities, the cases of rape of the local women and girls by the US contingent on Okinawa happen on a regular basis. The last trial on rape charges against American servicemen on Okinawa took place in March this year, when two US Navy sailors were convicted and sentenced to prison term for raping and robbing a local woman, AP reported. …
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A silent protest has been held in Madrid to mark the second anniversary of Los Indignados – or “the indignant ones.”
Spain’s grassroots protest movement began in 2011 and inspired sit-in demonstrations elsewhere in Europe and in America.
Although it was born under the previous socialist government, members also protest the policies of Spain’s current conservatives.
“I’m here because, two years later, things are worse. We demanded social rights, and we’re actually losing them,” said one demonstrator.
Another added: “I think everybody who is really concerned about people and not about other interests, should be here. We’re fighting to make everything fairer and to look after ourselves.”
Protesters gathered at three points in Madrid on Sunday before marching to the central square.
Almost five million Spaniards were registered as unemployed last month. The country has the second highest jobless rate in the EU.
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