Olympics 2021: protests in front of the Olympic stadium during the ceremony

While the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games had just started this Friday, Japanese demonstrators opposed to the holding of the Olympics gathered in front of the entrance gates of the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

Shared atmosphere for the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Outside the Olympic stadium, Japanese people watched the fireworks display and listened to the show, held behind closed doors. On the occasion of the kickoff of the 32nd Olympic Games in history, this Friday evening, a few dozen Japanese also expressed their opposition to the holding of the event during the opening ceremony.

As the event had just started shortly after 1 p.m. French time, demonstrators gathered near the entrance gates to the Japanese stadium. On images relayed by the Spanish channel RTVE as well as American journalists, we can see the police deploying, without violence, near the anti-Olympic demonstrators.

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A majority of Japanese hostile to the Games

Since the postponement of the Games initially scheduled for 2020, the Japanese population has mostly been hostile to the holding of the Olympics this summer (July 23 – August 8). This is not the first time that the Japanese population has mobilized against this event.

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Since Thomas Bach arrived in Japan a few days ago, a group of about twenty Japanese have expressed their anger wherever the president of the International Olympic Committee is. Events which did not bear fruit since the IOC maintained the holding of the Games despite the health crisis affecting the archipelago.

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