August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo German peace organization offers cooperation to “make Henoko a global effort”

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Reiner Braun, Co-President of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), a Berlin-based pacifist organization advocating disarmament, held a joint symposium on July 31 with the All-Okinawa Coalition, which comprises political parties and organizations that oppose the U.S. base relocation to Henoko.
Braun proposed adding the All-Okinawa Coalition to IPB’s global network of 300 member organizations throughout 70 countries, in order to make the Henoko relocation issue a “global effort,” and called for cooperation to advocate peace.
The symposium, where Braun offered his insights on a panel, attracted around 150 guests.
The IPB co-president also held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office earlier in the day with Suzuyo Takasato, co-leader of the All-Okinawa Coalition and others.
Braun praised the coalition, which received IPB’s Sean MacBride Peace Prize in 2017 and said, “The Okinawan people are creating history in peace activism.”
(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)

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