Jan. 28 (Mon): Mr. Kinjou Minoru, a sculptor, Asked, “Isn’t the Defense Bureau Ashamed of Itself for Building a US Military Base?”

(In front of the Gate)
At 9:00am, 25 people resumed the sit-in, but were removed by several tens of the riot policemen and held within a temporary detention area on the sidewalk (the picture below).
Eighty-seven trucks went inside the Gate. Thirteen members of JR (Japan Railways) labor union joined the sit-in. Eighty-two trucks at 12:30pm and 83 at 15:00pm made deliveries. The protestors on the sea reported that crushed stones were dumped into the sea today for building a seawall in N4 one.


(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier)
Although the number of protesters was less than 10, they demonstrated calling out aloud.
“Dumping red clay is illegal!”
“Don’t destroy the sea!”
In the afternoon, a well-known Okinawan sculptor, Mr. Kinjou Minoru, visited with us and took a mike.
“In old days in Okinawa, we could not choose our Governor. Nowadays, the Government of Japan ignores our will and forces US military bases on us. My fellow Uchinanchu, aren’t you ashamed?”
To the reporters from the mainland, he insisted that “you report the situation in Okinawa objectively and sincerely.”


(On the sea)
One boat and 15 canoes were out on the sea to protest. They tried to prevent the barges with ramp from anchoring to the Pier, but succeeded in delaying only for several minutes.
As if not being concerned with the landfill mess, a clear blue sky spread high above the sea.

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