Feb 19 (Wed): DVD “What is happening in Okinawa?” released in 6 languages / 5 people got unlawfully arrested

In order to inform people in other countries on the issues concerning the new base in Henoko, a DVD entitled “What is happening in Okinawa?” was released in 6 different languages. It contains photos and moving images starting with the governments’ drilling surveys in 2014 and covers the developments up until last years’ prefectural referendum. The compilation includes subtitles in English, Korean, Chinese, German, Spanish and Japanese and has a compact length of 17 minutes. People who come to visit Henoko from other countries will be given a DVD for free. The video is also uploaded on our Youtube channel; please feel free to take a look.

(In Front of the Camp Schwab Gate)
At the dawn of the day, around 40 people expressed their strong objection in a sit-in protest. They got excited by Makishi’s combative songs, and everyone clapped and cheered. Ms. Higa Yoshiko who is blind stood on the opposite side of the road and chanted slogans in chorus with the protestors. In 3 rounds, 169 deliveries were made.

(In front of the Ryukyu Cement Awa pier)
30 people protested both at the entrance and the exit of the pier. It seems that they planned to store as much landfill earth/sand as possible within the pier grounds in preparation against the large protest action next week on the 5th of March. Earth/sand was piled up to 4 meters high in the stock yard. The demonstrations continued to the end of the day to cause even a slight delay in the delivery activities by the dump trucks. At the entrance, a 70-year old woman was arrested only because she grabbed an arm of one of the riot policemen. The police searched the houses of 4 others in early morning, because they were suspected of having entered the military base in Takae more than 3 months ago. It has been several months since 5 people got arrested all at once. It is clear that they try to downplay the protest actions as the protest is getting more intense. We cannot be defeated.
In the evening, around 30 people gathered in front of the Nago police station and rallied against the unlawful arrest, hoping that it would show support for the two detainees.
The canoe team went out on the sea with one rubber boat and 11 canoes. Almost all got restrained by the Coast Guard, but two cargo ships were hindered from departing for about an hour.


(Motobu Shiokawa Pier)
It has been 4 days since a cargo ship came ashore, and loading landfill earth/soil started again. Eight protestors roaming in the pier ground obstructed the pathways of the dump trucks. Although the number of protestors was small, our protest rally was effective unless the police force comes. The delivery operation was carried on until after 5pm, and 366 truckloads were loaded onto the cargo ships.

number of dump trucks to date and percentage against the total

The weight and the volume of earth/soil were estimated per experts’ advice
Number of dump trucks which made delivery from December 2018 to the end of December 2019 114,601(1.68%)

15(Sat 17(Mon) 18(Tue) 19(Wed) 20(Thr) 21(Fri)
Awa 0 0 0 926
Shiokawa 0 0 0 366


Number of dump trucks
Weightt of earth/sand


Converted to volume


Volume per Total


142,243 853,458t 426,729㎥ 2.069%
※ Cumulative since Dec. 1, 2019
※① Calculated by assuming that the average truckload per dump truck would be 6 tons
※② Calculated by assuming that a specific weight of soil/sand set to be 2
※③ Percentage against 20.620.000m3, the total volume of earth and sand required for the landfill.

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