Peace March Journals 平和行進の日記

July 2,2014 – MARCH AND ENFORCE

MARCH AND ENFORCE
Day 3 in Osaka

The only thing I can think of the law enforcement, specially Japanese Police, are precision, serving people’s rights, and safety. I was amazed by the police force of every city in Osaka for they really do their job.

At first, I thought the police force of Osaka was at the march to hold us. That is how I used to know basing the Philippine police system but I was shocked of the Japanese Police System.

The police force of Japan, specifically Osaka, are the ones who are carrying the whole march for the day. The only task of the marchers is to march. And one thing, they are very strict of using the time. If the march starts at 8:00 in the morning, then be at 8:00 in the morning.

From the start of the march the police force is already there. They guide us the safest road we can take until reached the next city and handed over to other police force from that city who were waiting on its city border line. The police system structure is: a police car in front of the marcher turning the warning light on the roof of the car; a line of police staff along the right side of the marchers; police runners who alternately run passed the whole marchers to secure every crossroads; and mediators in case of unexpected conflicts.

The marchers did experienced conflict with a man riding in his motorcycle with his wife. The man was angry because he can’t pass through the road and drove along the march while pounding his motorcycle horn so hard. He quickly cut crossed in front of the marchers and started yelling. The police mediators quickly surrounded and dragged him along with his wife and motorcycle in the other side of the road. I can still hear them debating but the march continued. I was wondering what happened next. Mr. Iwatta told me that everything is ok and no problem so I settled.

Every person dreamed of a convenient, disciplined place, I guess I recommend Japan. The police system of Japan is well organized. For sure next year’s National Peace March the police force of Japan will again march and enforce.

Nino Desierto
2014 International Youth Relay Peace Marcher for Osaka & Hyogo Prefectures
Multi-media Editor, Mindanao People’s Peace Movement

Photo Gallery below 🙂 (You can click on the photos for a larger view and to read the complete captions)

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