Protest declaration of Doro-Chiba against police raid on the
July 5 2008
We denounce unjust house search of the union HQ by the Metropolitan
Crush G8 Summit!
We fight for the revival of militant labor movement with all of our
The house search is unlawful in that the search warrant erroneously
described the search spot as “Union Hall of Doryokusha”
instead of “Doro-Chiba Union Hall”
On July 4, the Metropolitan Police Department (its Public Security Section’s
First Division) forced quite unjustly house search of the union office
of Doro-Chiba. The alleged reason of the house search was that Doro-Chiba
was responsible, as the sponsor of the June 29 Workers’ Rally
against G8 summit, for a person who was arrested under the suspicion
of “violation of the public safety ordinance of Tokyo” during
the demonstration in Shibuya after the rally.
The house search was conducted by 100 police in civil accompanied by
30 riot police under the direction of the Public Security Section’s
First Division of the MPD. They surrounded the union building and occupied
the union office for three and a half hours, from 10 to 13:30.
Most outrageously, the head of the search squad, an inspector produced
a search warrant, which ordered to search “Union Hall of Doryokusha”.
But such building doesn’t exist. Doro-Chiba’s union office
is located in the building of “Doro-Chiba Union Hall”. This
erroneous description deprives the warrant of its validity and the house
search has no juridical ground. The judge of Tokyo District Court is
also responsible for issuing such a defective warrant.
The inspector, at the accusation by one of the executive committee members
of Doro-Chiba on this fatal illegality, got upset and resorted to undiscriminating
violence on him, shouting, “No problem” “Clear him
out”. Police assaulted him, tore his shirts, took away his camera
and pushed him out of the union building.
This unjustified house search forced the planned shop-floor meeting
in the assembly room in the Union Hall to cancel. During the house search,
telephone call was totally suspended and the union office was cut off
from the ordinary communication. It was an impermissible obstruction
on normal union activity. The MDP unjustly seized policy and direction
documents, union paper “Daily Doro-Chiba” as well as private
cell-phones, notebooks and cameras.
An outrageous crackdown by the scared state power exposes they
are afraid Doro-Chiba’s appeal ignites anger of workers into a
The intention of the state power in conducting unjustified house search
of Doro-Chiba union office is to suppress Doro-Chiba’s union activity
from the view point of maintaining public security because the ruling
class is afraid of explosion of the anger of working class against G8
Summit would develop into endangering the social order.
Confronting neo-liberal offensive, a huge number of working people are
rising up worldwide for demonstrations, rallies and even for riots on
foodstuff and fuel issues, shouting, “We must live!” June
29 Rally in Shibuya was carried out as an expression of mounting indignation
of working class through breaking up brutal riot police suppression.
It must be noted that the house search of Doro-Chiba headquarters was
practiced just on the eve of the opening of the G8 Summit in Toyako,
Hokkaido with an apparent aim of preventing Doro-Chiba from joining
angry voices of Japanese working class against G8.
The alleged ground for the house search concerned “violation of
the public safety ordinance of Tokyo” by one of the demonstrators.
This is totally unjustified. Prior to the June 29 Rally, Doro-Chiba
filed an application of the demonstration on June 29 with a course passing
in front of Shibuya railway station (downtown Tokyo), the most favorite
course of demonstration, to the Tokyo Metropolitan Public Safety Commission
according to the procedure prescribed by the public safety regulation
of Tokyo. But the Tokyo Metropolitan Public Safety Commission unjustly
banned the demonstration in front of Shibuya station without plausible
ground. (see Statement
of the National Committee for Organizing the Rally of June 29 Against
G8 Summit/ June 27 2008) It is evident, therefore, there is no reason
to practice house search of Doro-Chiba for “violation of the public
safety regulation of Tokyo”. It is quite illegal.
Furthermore, it should not be overlooked that the recent crackdown on
Doro-Chiba is intended at union busting on Doro-Chiba that is squarely
confronted with the second stage of the “Second Offensive of Division
and Privatization of Railway” and on a steady way of expanding
Doro-Chiba denounces the unjustified house search by the Metropolitan
Police Department and declares its fresh determination to crush G8 Summit
and to reestablish militant labor movement.
DORO-CHIBA (DC): National Railway Motive Power Union of CHIBA