Apr. 17 (Wed): Protest Participated by 120 People in Awa / The Leaders of 5 Opposing Parties Visited our Office

(In Front of the Gate)
Because of the Intensive Action in Awa, only 20 people resumed the sit-in protest in front of the Gate of Camp Schwab. Mr. Shiroma Masaru, the leader of the day spoke to the Defense Bureau staff through a megaphone.
“We are protesting on behalf of your children and grandchildren. Do not build a military base that will last for 200 years. We should not risk Okinawa to the threat of a war. I know that you understand it in your heart.”
Three times a day from the morning through the afternoon, 224 truckloads deliveries were made today.

(On the Sea in Oura Bay)
Depositing to the zones 2 and 2-1 and construction of K8 seawall were in progress today.

(In Front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
From 7:30 a.m. when deliveries start, approximately 100 people gathered in front of the Pier and rallied shouting aloud.
“Do not bring in earth and sand!”
“Do not destroy the sea!”
The rally was successful enough that only one dump truck could go through a traffic light when the light changes. Mr. Yamashiro Hiroji talked to the riot police force commenting on the murder of a woman happened 3days ago.
“A sad incident happened again. A Japanese woman was killed by an American soldier. Those who need to be kept in line are NOT the citizens here, but the American soldiers. Each one of you stay with one American soldier to keep the Japanese safe.”
Approximately 400 truckloads were delivered today.
Fourteen canoes risked the lives of the team members to stay so close to astern of the cargo ships that the ships could not start the screws. The members successfully delayed the departure of the ships by almost 2hours before the Coast Guard untied the ropes and freed the canoes from the nets.


The leaders of the opposition parties visited our “Stand with Okinawa Peace Support” office without an advance notice. They came to Okinawa to show their support for the candidate for an election to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives. All five leaders whom we often see on TV lined up before my eyes; such as Mr. Shii Kazuo Secretary of the Communist Party, Mr. Ozawa Ichiro Leader of Liberal Party, and Mr. Arita Yoshio Prefectural Representative of Constitutional Democratic Party. All together about 40 people filled our small office to get to know each other better.
It is imperative for the opposition parties to unite to corner Abe Administration, and this election to fill a vacancy is just the preliminary sage.
Mr. Yamashiro Hiroji made a request from the action site that “all opposition parties unite to win the election, to force Abe Administration to resign, and to stop construction of the new base in Henoko”.
The result of the election to fill a vacancy will be decided on 21st of this month.

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