Thousands protest new military law in Tokyo

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Thousands of activists demonstrated outside the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Sunday to protest recent changes in military legislation. Demonstrators protested against the changes, introduced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that would facilitate the expansion of Japan's military presence and allow overseas deployment for the first time since WWII. The new law would allow the use of force to defend Japan’s allies if they were under attack. Protesters led by the "Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy" (SEALDs) organization chanted slogans and held banners reading "Abe - Quit" and "No war." Police erected barricades and lined the streets in a bid to try and block the demonstrators, so they could not approach the government buildings.