Apr. 22 (Mon): Joy of Yara’s Victory Swept through the Tent Village / Deliveries of 659 Truckloads were Made

(In Front of the Gate)
Upon the last night news of the victory of Mr. Yara Tomohiro in the House election of a vacancy in the district 3 of Okinawa Prefecture, tides of people have come here. Okinawa has made the will of the people clear again, “no new base”. This is the 4th declaration since the gubernatorial election. We shared the victory with joy and holding hands.
By 9:00 a.m. large dump trucks have lined up before the Gate as we expected. The day after the election result was made clear, Abe Administration wants to show to Okinawan that “the result means nothing to them”, doesn’t it? They are authoritarian in nature and democratic on lips. To the government unconcerned with the election result, Mr. Yamashiro exploded his anger.
“This is the nature of the current government. It has no concern for its citizens.”
The riot police force looks the same, rather, calmer than usual and rougher than usual in dealing with the citizens. They must be feeling irritated.
Three times a day from the morning through the afternoon, 270 truckload were delivered today.


(On the Sea in Oura Bay)
Three boats and 8 canoes were out on the sea to protest and rallied all day long around K8 and K9 seawalls: At K9 seawall, earth and sand were transported from the barges to the dump trucks. At K8 seawall, construction was in progress. All canoe members tried to go over the fences towards the construction sites, but were restrained immediately by the Coast Guard. Only one canoe reached to one of the seawalls. All members were restrained and brought back to the beach 5 times today.


(In Front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
Although small in number, we rallied to the dump trucks all day long. Several of us tried Safe Driving Parade.
Deliveries of 659 truckloads were made, and 3 cargo ships left for Oura Bay.

Mr. Yara Tomohiro, the winner of the House election for a vacancy came to the Tent. We welcomed him dancing Kachyasha and clapping hands. He made a strong speech.
“I stand with those who fight in front of the Gate, and my duty is to speak your thoughts. I will do my best to carry on an ordinary political work to accomplish ordinary democracy.”
We sang holding hands and danced Kachyasha many times to share the joy.
The encouraging news has filled the Tent Village today.

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