Japanese activist arrested in countdown to G8 summit

From Anarchist Black Cross-Osaka via the 325 Collective, June 6:

Anarchist in Kansai area (West Japan) arrested in G8 preparations—Solidarity needed!

Tabi Rounin, better known as ‘Rebel_Jill’ has been detained by police on minor charges in the run-up to the G8 in Japan, as the police attempt to investigate his international connections and disrupt his revolutionary activities. This is a known tactic of the Japanese political police, see here for a similar case (Comrade ‘M’) and also see this interview with Tabi.

We denounce the arrest of our comrade, Tabi Rounin! Release him now!
On the morning of June 4th, 2008, comrade Tabi Rounin, a squatter liberation activist, was arrested on the charge of “Illegal Address Registration” (in other words, living somewhere he is not registered to live at). His house was searched and more than 14 items were taken including his computer, his phone, resume and flyers. Clearly searching someone’s house simply because their address is still registered at their parents’ house goes beyond simple police work.

This is pre-emptive repression with one eye towards the economic summit being held on June 14th and 15th. He is currently being held in Koriyama police station in Nara prefecture and in 5 days will be put in front of the judge. There are hundreds of people every year who have their IDs registered to their family’s residence. To be arrested on ‘Illegal Address Registration’ is unheard of beyond political repression.

Tabi Rounin had stopped his activity within Osaka city, where the high class apartment buildings of the rich stretch on for miles, and had been active around the working class cities and suburbs around Osaka and Kawachi, connecting to squatters with no organized political presence or assistance, connecting to foreigners working for low wages in factories around his area. He is a working class revolutionary from the roots who fought an isolated battle. There are many anarchists overseas who have found sympathy with his selfless style of activity.

We fiercely protest this repression against the movement that we have helped build! Police, release Tabi Rounin immediately!

June 6th, Anarchist Black Cross Osaka

We are requesting contributions for Tabi Rounin’s early parole.
Please send contributions to the address below.
We also would appreciate support packages.

Osaka city, Kita-ku Nakazakichou 3-3-1-401
Jiyuu Roudousha Rengou Kizuke
Anarchist Black Cross

See our last posts on Japan, the pre-G8 repression, and the 2007 G8 summit.