She pushed her way into the riot police officers to protest. The police officers trying to remove her are of the same age as her great-grandchildren. She talks to them in an admonishing way, “You know that this military base will be used for killing people, don’t you?”.
Ms. Chiyoko Yokota, aged 91 years, comes to Henoko several times a week from Ginowan. She says with a smile, “I felt so stiff while staying at home due to corona virus, but feel uplifted now that I come here.”
Before the World War II, she immigrated to Saipan with her family, led by her father, a carpenter. He built a big house by himself at 3,000 tsubo (about 10,000 square meters) of land, and they had a comfortable life there. However, when she was 16 years of age, the U.S. forces landed on Saipan and drastically changed their lives. Her family ran from one place to another in a mountain for three months, and she miraculously survived. She witnessed, at the foot of so-calld Banzai Cliff, a scene that the residents, being cornered by the U.S. soldiers, desperately jumped off the cliff one after another. She says, “in those days, we were taught that we should die at any moment to maintain one’s honor ”, and that “babies were considered to be a risk because of their crying aloud, and the Japanese soldiers forced the residents to kill the crying babies.” She lost her father, elder brother and two relatives in Saipan.
In 2014, when she participated in a memorial service in Saipan, she learned about the new base being constructed in Henoko for the first time. She says, “I do not believe that Japan which bullies Okinawa is an independent state and hope that we can find a way to legally protect Okinawa.” She is in her 90s but still keeps herself physically and mentally in good health.
(In front of the Camp Schwab Gate）
About 40 citizens resumed the sit-in for protest at 8:30 a.m. in front of the gate. Ms. Fumiko Shimabukuro, 94 years old, in her wheel chair, stationed herself at the front of the sit-in. The protestors were removed by the riot police in twenty minutes, but continued to call to the delivery truck drivers, “Don’t destroy the sea !” and “Stop the illegal construction!”Deliveries were made also at noon and 15:00 p.m., and total 146 dump trucks entered to the base.
(Ryukyu Cement Awa Pier）
About 40 citizens made a protest separately at the entrance and the exit of the pier. Six GoGo Drive members joined to delay the run of the dump trucks delivering soil/sand. No deliveries of soil/sand were done in the morning because a coal ship was docked. Soil/sand of 547 truckloads were added to the temporary storage place in the pier grounds. A carrier was docked at the pier after 16:00 p.m., and 253 truckloads of soil/sand were loaded to the carrier. Working up to near 20:00 p.m. has become daily occurrence.
(Motobu Shiokawa Pier）
No work was done in the morning because carriers could not be docked due to big waves. Delivery of soil/sand was started at 14:00 p.m., and 72 truckloads of soil/sand were loaded to a carrier before 17:00 p.m..
Number of dump trucks to date and percentage against the total
The estimation calculated on the basis of the number of ruckloads serves only as a reference.
Number of dump trucks which made delivery from December 2018 to the end of December 2019 114,601(1.39%)
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