TOKYO, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Some 55,000 people rallied here Wednesday to protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempts to amend the nation's pacifist Constitution as the nation marked its 70th Constitution Memorial Day.
"Safeguard the Constitution! No more wars!" Protesters, including students, legal experts, representatives from opposition parties, as well as common citizens, shouted at the city's Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, holding banners and flags.
Renho Murata, leader of the largest opposition Democratic Party, said at the gathering that the Constitution belongs to the people and it should be up to the common people whether to amend the Constitution or not.
What the Abe administration has done is threatening the basic principles of the pacifist Constitution and Abe's attempts to amend the Constitution shall be firmly opposed, she added.
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