Japan: Police intervene as anti-racism protesters face off nationalists in Kawasaki

Scuffles broke out as police tried to separate a protest against racism from a counter demonstration in the city of Kawasaki on Sunday.

Right wing activists had planned to be dropped off by a bus in Kawasaki, before marching through the streets. A counter demonstration foiled their plans through orchestrating a sit-in where the bus was headed and then forcing the demonstrators to get back on their bus.

The protest comes one month after the Kawasaki municipal government presented draft guidelines intended to prevent the dissemination of hate speech in public places.

The ruling would hand authorities the power to reject or revoke permission to use community facilities if the activities cause harm to those using the area or venue.

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