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Join Date: Nov 2003
Local Project Meeting (Piece #26)
Government official: "So the dam construction will bring in new jobs and re-vitalize the local industry..."
Hinamizawa residents: "That's not the fucking point!!" "We're asking you who the hell gave you the right to build the dam!" "Hey hey hey, you take all of our taxes and this is how you treat us?! Who do you think pays for your salaries!!"
G.O.: "That's what I've been trying to say! So...!"
H.R.: "We don't want to hear your excuses, we want to know when this project is going to be cancelled!!" "We've had enough of you! Bring the big-shot Minister of Construction here from Tokyo and let's settle this one-on-one!!" "Shut yer yap, you yuppie!!" "Besides, who the heck do you think you are talking down to us from the stand! Our taxes pay for your salary, come down and talk to us face to face!!"
The auditorium was filled with roaring angers.
The placard at the front door was read "Hinamizawa Dam Construction Local Project Meeting."
But whenever the government official at the stand was about the say something, the residents shut him up with their roaring angers.
The official gave up and began to continue on his explanation on the pros of the construction as if he couldn't hear their anger. This act further angered the residents as it showed that the government didn't care about the complaints of the locals.
There was a empty no-man's land protected by a police squads between the stand and the residents. If it weren't for this, it was certain that the residents would've jumped onto the stands and started a riot...
...I was looking at this event unfold from everyone's back. I can clearly see from their colors that they are giving into their anger.
...They began to be filled with blood-red rage, ...the anger that was born out of a certain goal, turned into the goal itself, and is starting to create a vicious cycle where anger leads to more anger.
...Anger is not an unneeded emotion. People face hardships as the live their lives. It is anger that forms the basis of people's resolve to fight and conquer such hardships. ...With that in mind, anger is an essential part of life itself. Hence, I'm not going to deny that anger is unnecessary.
However, an over-the-top anger leads people to forget their focus. ...When that happens, it is not about life anymore. Recklessness ensues as the blood rushes to the head, which causes people to forget what they have done.
...Such emotions like these hurts and saddens us deeply. I can see clearly how the villagers who live with us are becoming saturated like they were "demons."
I understand the rules of the human world. There is not much one individual can do in order to fight against the big government. ...In order to fight such an opponent, one needs a larger unified power. But it is difficult to lead such power in the right direction.
...The cycle of anger leads to more anger. By then, anger is not for survival - anger is exposed in order to release anger. ...When that happens, then it's just the same as a demon.
And this anger gives us a rough awakening as we were sleeping peacefully.
Everyone is being immersed into their own anger. We learned to live and sleep in peace with the villagers.
...But we are awakened...to find that the situation where the myths say that the demons began to pour out from the Onigafuchi Marsh was trying to repeat itself once again...
I shout and cry out to everyone to calm down.
But in the intensified roars of anger silences my mute screams and reaches no one... Yet all I could do was to still cry out in hopes that someone would hear my voice.
If it goes on any further....the demons would awaken. ...The demons that went into a deep and long sleep might awaken again with all this commotion...
That's when the atmosphere of the clamor changed.
It seems that the temper exchange between the residents and the stand turned into a civil strife between the residents themselves. ...What...is going on here?
Houjou: "Shut up you old hag!! Those are your own reasons, not ours! Don't pull us into this as the whole!!"
Oryou: "The hell you say you little bastard!!"
Sonozaki family member: "Hey hey hey!! You know you're talking to Oryou-san aren't you! You've got some guts eh?! Who the hell do you think you are!! Huh!!"
Houjou: "Fuck you!! Sonozaki my ass, I'm Houjou. Get your goons away, I'm talking to you bitch!!"
Anti-dam H.R.: "Hey hey, Houjou! How dare you say that in addition for wanting to sink the village!! How much did they pay you, huh?!"
Houjou: "Shut up geezer!! There's a bunch of poor people in Hinamizawa too ya' know! Not everyone is wealthy to own such a huge plot of land like you have in your back mountains!! I was well satisfied with the generous government compensation and they even provided me with public housing!! What else is there to say!! But you had to come in and ruin all of it, you assholes!! Stop dragging us normal folk into all you rich landowner's selfish reasons! If you guys wanna go up against the government so much, why don't you do it by yourself!! Besides, who's gonna pay for this, eh!! You!? We're poor and we also have two kids to look after. It was my plan to start a new life by leaving this place in peace by getting just compensation from the government and finding a new job elsewhere. But you!! Since when did you become the representative for me, eh!! You think you're that of a big shot, huh?!"
Anti-dam H.R.: "Yo, yo, yo Houjou!! You've got some balls eh, you traitor!! Why don't you leave town then!!"
Houjou: "Hell, I'd leave this place immediately! But you're gonna pay me for what I was entitled for, right?! You'd better give me the money that I was about to get from the government, cuz even though I'd like to get the hell out of this place, I don't have the money to do so. So fork it over bitch, and I'll leave!!"
Pro-dam H.R.: "Yeah, yeah Houjou's gotta point there! There are residents here who doesn't mind leaving this place! The gosankes shouldn't get into our own personal matters!"
Anti-dam H.R.: "Hey, hey, who the hell said that? Come out and say your name?!"
Pro-dam H.R.: "If you want to stay, fine!! Leaving here is a right too! Who the hell are you to stomp over our rights eh!!"
Houjou: "That's right, that's right!! Stop representing us as a whole old hag!!"
G.O.: "..Uh, of course we will compensate for the people who are in support of the dam project as this isn't expropiation..."
Anti-dam H.R.: "SHUT UP, YOU ASSHOLE!! WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?! TRYING TO SPLIT THE VILLAGE BETWEEN ITSELF?!"
Anti-dam H.R.: "Die, Houjou! You have no right to breathe village air. Stop breathing and die now!!"
Houjou: "Screw you!! I'm gonna kill you right now. Step up you old bitch!!! Hey hey, move over you cop!!"
Oryou: "Gooood to hear.... That was the last straw. I, Sonozaki Oryou, haven't been this pissed for ages. You're gonna get what you're gonna deserve. You'd better watch you back....!!!"
Pro-dam H.R.: "Yeah, go go, Houjou!! The government must provide us with new jobs, shelter, and just compensation!!"
Cop: "There there!! Stop this violence!! Cut it out! Quit it!!"
Houjou: "Yeah?! Show me what you got!! Come on, give it to me!!"
More and more people are becoming tainted in red anger...
All I could do is just stand there useless and watch them give in to their ugly side...
The only thing I can do right now, was to continuously apologize for the tragedy that was about to happen starting now...
...I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry....
And this became the vital day...
...After this date, the Houjou family and the Sonozaki family would wage a feud with the other, leading to the isolation of the Houjous within the village. This saw the downward spiral of Satoko and Satoshi's lives of tremendous hardships...
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