Disabled people protest MV-22 deployment

Disabled people protest MV-22 deployment

On August 21, disabled people have set up red handkerchief banners on the roof of the Aitopia, Yonashiro, Uruma to show their anger to U.S. military aircraft flying overhead.

August 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Disabled people have placed a red handkerchief banner on the roof of the Aitopia at Yonashiro, Uruma. U.S. aircraft fly over the welfare service facility in which they work, during routine operations between the air base and training areas such as Ukibaru and Tsuken. The people sent an angry message to the U.S. forces and set up the red banner on the roof, when the Okinawa people’s rally on August 5 was postponed. The red banner is made of about 100 separate handkerchiefs.

They wrote characters and symbols on the red handkerchiefs to express their anger and placed lines crossing on the red cloth on the roof to indicate a cross to U.S. military aircrews. One of the people said, “We want to show the Okinawan people’s burning anger by putting the red cloth on the roof.”

Mitsue Tomiyama, the manager of the facility, said, “Disabled people suffer the most in an emergency such as a natural disaster or an accident. As citizens of Okinawa, they too should think about the Osprey deployment and express their thoughts.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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