A resident of the Ibaraki prefecture in Japan tried to put out the torch of the Olympic flame with a water pistol. Political scientist Jules Boykoff wrote about it on Twitter.
Here is footage of the moment when an anti-Olympics protester in Japan squirted water at the #OlympicTorchRelay to symbolically snuff out the #Tokyo2020 Olympic torch. Police swarmed her & she was detained. Ibaraka Prefecture. HT @emi_onuma1_16 pic.twitter.com/gcsdk3zED1
— Jules Boykoff (@JulesBoykoff) July 5, 2021
The activist opposes the competition in Tokyo because of the coronavirus pandemic. Her attempt to put out the torch failed. The 53-year-old woman has been detained.
Society in Japan is against the Olympics. This is evidenced by public opinion polls. Thus, 83% of residents of the country were against the competition.
The Japanese government has decided to introduce the state of emergency in Tokyo due to the worsening situation with coronavirus until August 22. According to the Ministry of Health of the country, on July 7 in the Japanese capital 920 cases of the disease were detected, which is 206 more than a week ago.
The Olympics will be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. Local fans may not be allowed to attend the competition due to the introduction of the emergency regime.