Aug. 19 (Mon): Reclamation Work Resumed / 2 Cargo Ships Loaded at Shiokawa

(In Front of the Gate)
After 10 long days of Bon Summer Holidays, reclamation work was resumed. Over 30 well-recuperated people resumed the sit-in in front of the Gate. Around the noon, approximately 60 people came to join the sit-in and the rally. Ms. H who is a Japanese journalist and resides now in Holland joined our protest demonstration.
“My friend, having learned that the majority of Okinawans are against the new base construction, does not understand why Abe Administration does not stop the construction. It is not possible in Holland and other European countries. I want to do whatever I can to help the movement.”
We confirmed that 51 trucks were transporting earth and sand within the base, and that 141 truckloads were delivered to the base.


(On the Sea in Oura Bay)
Due to a bad weather, we cancelled the planned protest rally, and confirmed that the earth and sand unloaded from the cargo ships was loaded directly to barges by K9 seawall. The earth and sand unloaded from the barges to the seawall was transported to the designated landfill area by trucks.

(Rallies in Front of the Piers)
Loading to cargo ships was started at Awa and at Shiokawa. Approximately 20 people rallied in front of the dump trucks all day long at Shiokawa to delay the departure of cargo ships.
By 4:00 p.m., 2 cargo ships were loaded with the total volume equivalent to 357 truckloads.

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