Jan 25(Fri): Protestors sang and danced at the entrance of the pier

(In front of the gate)
About 40 protestors started sit-in at eight in the morning. 94, 85 and 84 vehicles (total 263 vehicles) carried the material in the site at 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.
It had been concerned about whether a prefectural referendum could be held or not due to refusal of its implementation by the mayors of the five cities, but now, the local government managed somehow to have the prospect for conducting the referendum at all municipalities, owing to negotiation by the assembly speaker. “Neither” was added as another choice to “Yes” and “No”. Though having no legal binding force to the administration, voting results will express obvious intention of Okinawan people opposing “construction of a military base in Henoko”, which will unsettle the Japanese government. It is desirable that the Japanese government will be pushed into a tight position by overwhelming opposition voting.


(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier)
Only 10 or more protestors participated in the march, but the demonstration was well done along with the traffic light changes, blocking the entrance of the dump trucks in the most effective way. Ms. Akane, a good dancer, danced with a song by Hiroji Yamashiro, at the lunch time, which conveyed a calm atmosphere in front of the pier. Singing and dancing creates a peaceful mood anywhere.

Please see the video.:

Total 611 dump trucks entered the pier from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Illegal red clay was obviously mixed in the loaded soil/sand.


(On the sea)
3 protesting boats and 6 canoes held a protest on the sea. In spite of the small number, the protestors boldly went over the floats, heading for the rampway barge (a boat delivering soil/sand) to block its way. They hung tough for almost forty minutes until having been held by the coast guard officers. They fought in their ardent desire to delay the delivery of soil/sand as much as possible.

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