July 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo   Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

July 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Henoko reporting team) On July 6, citizens gathered in front of the gate to the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, Okinawa as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The signboard showing the number of days the sit-in has continued read 2192, and on July 7, the sit-in will enter its seventh year. “People keep coming to the front lines even as their old bones grow weary. I feel many emotions at once,” said Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center.

Around 30 people participated in the sit-in in front of the gate, raising their voices in protest and saying, “stop the illegal construction!” The Defense Bureau continued its work of bringing in materials to be used for construction, and a total of 229 vehicles carried in materials. Shipment of materials continued at the Ryukyu Cement pier in Awa, Nago and the Shiokawa area of Motobu Port in Motobu. “The new base construction is said to be technically impossible; we must keep raising our voices until the government gives up,” said Yamashiro, expressing renewed determination.

(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)




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