Feb. 16 (Sat): Intensive Action on the Sea with 7 Boats and 42 Canoes, Korean and Taiwanese Students Interviewed Protestors in front of the Gate

(In front of the Gate)
No truckload delivered today. Korean, Taiwanese, and 2 groups, one of which consisted of the students of the “Koreans residing in Japan”, came to meet with us.
In Hokkaido since 1997, a group of 30 and some students has been engaged in recovering the remains of the North Korean workers who died in the forced labor during the War. Another group of 40 consisted of journalism major students from Korea and Japan. They intently listened to the sit-in protesters. Ms. Kan Myonsoku, the 2nd year graduate student majoring journalism stated.
“Coming to Okinawa and the actual protest site has made me understood why Okinawans oppose the new base in Henoko. I plan to report on the issue through the internet.”
More young people are willing to speak up against foreign military bases. They encouraged me.

(On the sea in Oura Bay)
Intensive Action on the Sea was held, and 42 canoers gathered from within and outside of Okinawa to protest on the sea. Together with 7 boats, they hung placards and banners to protest; however, the Coast Guard came out 20 rubber boats, much more than the usual number of boats, and prevented us from reaching N4 seawall. One of the captains of the protest boats reported.
“Judging from the fact that the length of N4 seawall was being measured, it seemed that they completed the foundation work of 135m. It is likely that they start on the foundation work on K8 seawall (515m long) soon.”


(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier)
No truckload delivered today.

It was the 2nd day of the early voting of the Prefectural Referendum. Many stood by roads and walked in Junei (marching in Okinawan religious style) to encourage the voters to come out to vote. In Nago City, 300 citizens marched in Junei for several kilometers calling aloud, “Mark circle in NO column!”
People in general are very responsive. One week left to the last day of voting. Praying to get the minimum 300,000 “NO” votes, we work harder.

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