Apr. 6 (Sat): The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Concluded that “Revocation of the Permit was Unlawful”, 800 People Participated in the Monthly 1st Saturday Meeting, Authoritarian Actions by the Administration Are Not Acceptable.

(In front of the Gate)
The Monthly 1st Saturday Meeting was held in front of the Gate. Approximately 800 people gathered, and many participants expressed their anger against the decision made by the Minister of land and transport yesterday that revocation of the permit to reclaim Henoko was unlawful. Several Diet members who came to the Meeting expressed their opposition against the decision.
“The Defense Bureau, as a private individual, requested to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport for an administrative grievance hearing to repeal the revocation of the permit. A government unit pretending as a private individual makes a request to another government unit! This is how Abe Administration operates, and should not be permitted.”
“Regarding the major reason for revocation of the permit, they stated simply that the soft seafloor can be reinforced. It is seriously unlawful for the Administration to continue the construction work without any explanation on expense and construction schedule.”
“The survey on the soft seafloor was not thorough, and only the data that conveniently support their plan have been published. The nature of Oura Bay refuses the base construction!”
The notice will reach the Defense Bureau and will reactivate the permit for reclamation of Henoko.


(On the sea in Oura Bay)
No protest rally was conducted yesterday due to a bad weather. No sighting of depositing of earth and sand nor of construction work of the seawall.
Two boats and 16 canoes went out on the sea to protest today. The canoes went bravely toward the work sites and delayed construction of K8 seawall and placement of tetra pods to K4 seawall by several tens of minutes.
(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
Yesterday, in a severe rain and wind, deliveries of 406 truckloads of earth and sand were made. And 2 carrier ships left for Henoko.


(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
Yesterday, in a severe rain and wind, deliveries of 406 truckloads of earth and sand were made. And 2 carrier ships left for Henoko.

In regards to the administrative grievance hearing that Okinawa Defense Bureau requested an administrative grievance hearing as a private individual to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, the Minister of the said Ministry, Ishii Keiichi concluded on the 5th that revocation by Okinawa Prefectural Government of the permit for reclamation was unlawful. Governor Tamaki Denny commented that “revocation was made lawfully and should not be subjected to cancellation. I will respond resolutely.”
An administrative grievance hearing was established for the purpose of saving a citizen’s rights. The experts on administrative laws and jurisprudence have expressed strong opposition against the Okinawa Defense Bureau that the Bureau made a request as “a private individual”. Okinawa Prefectural Government now stands at the new stage of fight.
Ms. A from Nagao Prefecture who was arrested yesterday for hitting a riot police man on the head with a placard in front of the Gate of Camp Schwab was released unharmed on the 6th. She was very angry for having been arrested after only a few hours of participation in the sit-in protest rally.
“I was arrested before I knew what was going on. I cannot be intimidated!”
Since the start of the sit-in protest rally, over 80 persons were arrested, of which only 4 were charged. The prosecution rate is the lowest in the nation, which indicates how often Okinawa police force has made unlawful arrests. The number of persons injured during forcible removal from the sit-in rally by the riot police force and ambulanced to a hospital has reached approximately 40.

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