Sept. 9 (Mon): Delivery of Earth and Sand at Standstill in Awa / Parts of Transplanted Corals Found Dead

(In Front of the Gate)
The typhoon had gone, and the construction work resumed. But, the number of protestors has not been decreased. On last Saturday, 700 people gathered at the “Monthly 1st Saturday Meet”. Four Diet members from Okinawa Districts attended the Meet, pointed out the illegal points of the construction work lead by the Defense Bureau, and criticized Abe Administration that pushes the construction forward. They concluded their speech fervently.
“The Administration is the one being cornered. Don’t be daunted! Let us move forward!”
Over 60 people including the members of Labor Unions of Hiroshima and Osaka and the students from Nihon University joined the protest rally, and the protestors overflowed the space in front of the Gate. It is still hot, but protestors repeatedly rallied in front of the Gate even after the trucks were inside the Gate.
Three time the day, 217 truckloads in total were delivered.

(On the Sea in Oura Bay)
We monitored the construction work status from our boat. We could not confirmed dumping of earth and sand, but confirmed that they started on a new task of placing wave dissipating blocks at K1 seawall.

(Protest in Front of the Piers)
Since there was no activity at the Pier in Shiokawa, approximately 50 people gathered at the Pier in Awa, and rallied in front of the Gate and by cars. GOGO Drive Campaign by 17 cars effectively blocked the road so that about 50 dump trucks were kept inside the Gate and could not come out. It disturbed truck transportation plan, which caused about 1.5 hours of delay in work. The local newspapers came out to report it. The work continued passed 5:00 p.m., and 299 truckloads were delivered.
In October, we plan to have a special protest event to be held for 5 consecutive days, with participation of over 500 cars in GOGO Drive Campaign. This autumn, the fight at the site of the construction and at the national assembly will reach a climax.


The report by the Committee established by Okinawa Defense Bureau to monitor environment said that parts of the corals transplanted due to the new base construction were dead or missing. Dead were 3 out of 9 colonies of Okinawa beach coral colonies transplanted from the planned reclamation area in August last year. The experts on corals pointed out that the inappropriate instruction made by the Committee to transplant the corals in hot humid summer was a mistake. The picture shows one of the world’s largest beach corals found in Oura Bay.

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