May 13 (Mon): Go-Go Drive Rally Barricaded Dump Trucks in Front of the Gate / Many Sea Turtles Were Found By the Seawall

(In Front of the Gate)
Go-Go Drive participants have done it again. Driving back and forth in front of the Gate at the slowest speed limit, 10 cars barricaded dump trucks coming out of the base. It really made an impact to their delivery schedule of once in every three hours. But the truck drivers waited patiently without showing much frustration. It could be that they get paid monthly rather than per delivery. Some truck drivers wave their hands to us. I wonder if some truck drivers secretly think that the more delayed the base construction, the better it is.
Three times a day, 217 truckloads were delivered.


(On the Sea in Oura Bay)
One boat and 9 canoes went out on the sea to protest. K8, pending to be used as a new pier, has been extended for almost 80 meters long. The stones thrown by cranes splash into the sea and send deafening roars over Oura Bay. The protest members rallied in loud shouts.
“Don’t destroy the sea!”
“Stop the illegal work!”
Many sea turtles were found swimming near the seawall. Mr. K, the captain of the protest boat said with sorrow.
“Never seen so many sea turtles before. They seem to be having a hard time to find a proper place to feed and lay eggs. They want to lay eggs but cannot reach the beach because the seawall blocks the access to the beach.”
Not only dugongs and corals, but also loggerhead turtle (Caretta carreta) and green turtle (Chelonia mydas) are threaten for their lives (both are designated as endangered species) because of the new base construction.


(In Front of the Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
Approximately 10 people rallied in protest all day long.
Dump trucks made 640 truckloads deliveries onto the Pier, and 3 cargo ships left the Pier.

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