Actual participants numbered perhaps 30 or so, but with the journalists
buzzing around our group, the crowd probably looked larger to
the double-handful of guards blocking the gate to the Chinese
embassy in Tokyo.
We were careful
to maintain order and obey the laws, but it appeared the embassy
staff didn't want to take chances. The guards remained seriious
and watchful throughout the protest.
As part of our
message, we read out the names of 160 North Korean defectors who
have allegedly been repatriated by China.
As the protest ended, the representatives of our three groups
walked to the embassy mailbox and attempted to insert letters
detailing our requests.
The guards immediately stopped them, explaining that the Chinese
embassy refuses all protest letters.
But I decided to knock on the reception window and, using the
Chinese I had learned during my 8 months in Chinese prison, I
spoke with the receptionist behind the window, who refused it
Unwilling to give up, I slid the letter through a narrow slit
in the receptionist's window. The receptionist immediately closed
the shutter so that no further documents could be inserted.