Anti-G7 Rallies in Hiroshima
May 23, 2023 - Anti-globalization activists rallied to speak out and get organized as world capitalist leaders, including heads of State, trade ministers and corporate CEOs assembled at the G7 meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan from May 19 to May 21.
A big aspect of the protests was to focus opposition against the current imperialist agenda of neo-liberalism – which means slashing social investments, privatizing public services and increasing the exploitation of workers of all countries. At the center of the protest demands were also calls for the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Okinawa and Japan.
Hundreds of people participated in the mass protests which took place across multiple locations in Japan. Some of the most militant took place in downtown Hiroshima.
Protesters vigorously denounced the G7, the worsening Japan-U.S. Military Alliance, the anti-Russia build-up to war, and U.S. militarization of Okinawa. At the fulcrum of these events stands out the sharpening polarization of large sections of Japan's people in opposition to the U.S. agenda for their country.
All in all, the gatherings represented a powerful statement against the warmongering agenda of the G7 summit. Mass struggles all across the globe against such imperialist institutions as the G7, IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO are increasingly linking U.S. imperialism’s war program with the economics of present-day capitalism.