Thousands rally in Tokyo demanding end to nuclear power

Protesters rallied in the thousands at a park in Tokyo over the weekend, demanding an end to nuclear power in Japan as the two-year anniversary approached of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the Associated Press reports.

Demonstrators reportedly vowed to continue fighting against nuclear power despite Japan’s scrapped plans for a nuclear phase out and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stated commitment to restarting the country’s nuclear plants. Only two over the 50 working reactors in Japan have gone back online since the Fukushima disaster, though the government is working to re-starting, and perhaps even building, more.

“I can’t see what lies ahead. It looks hopeless, but if I give up now, it’s over,” one protester told the AP. “I’d rather die moving forward.”

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