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Some 1,500 take to streets in Osaka calling for abolition of security laws

Members of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s Kansai parade down a street in the city of Osaka as they call for the abolition of the security-related laws, on March 6, 2016. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- About 1,500 people took part in a protest march down a major thoroughfare here on March 6, calling for the abolition of the controversial security-related laws before they come into force on March 29.

    Members of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s (SEALDs) Kansai and two other groups led the Sunday protest down Midosuji Avenue, with participants chanting such slogans as "We don't need a prime minister who doesn't abide by the Constitution."

    At a rally held in the city's Nishi Ward prior to the parade, legislators from the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party joined the demonstrators, underscoring their efforts toward a united front against the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito in this summer's House of Councillors election.

    Tomoka Terada, 22, a fourth-year student at Kwansei Gakuin University and a member of SEALDs Kansai, addressed the crowd along Midosuji Avenue, "We can't entrust people who don't understand the value of human lives with our future nor the lives of children." She also lashed out at the draft revision to the Constitution proposed by the LDP.

    With almost half a year passing since the enactment of the security laws, the number of participants in protests against the laws has been on the decline.

    Shiho Suzuki, 20, a second-year student at Kwansei Gakuin University and a member of SEALDs Kansai, said, "While the public sentiment (against the security laws) has been losing its momentum, I would like to continue demonstrations to remind people once again of the problems with the security laws."

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