Takae resident loses High Court battle

Takae resident loses High Court battle

At 2:05 p.m., on June 25, at the Naha District Court, lawyers renounce what they describe as an “injust decision.”

June 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court rejected on June 25 an appeal by Masatsugu Isa, 51, who has been protesting against the construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi.

The Okinawa Defense Bureau filed a lawsuit with the Naha District Court against two residents, including Isa, accusing them of obstructing traffic in 2010. The district court ordered Isa to stop staging sit-ins and other activities aimed at blocking the construction of a U.S. military helipad. The court judged his sit-in protest and his raising his hands to prevent gravel bags being brought in as going beyond expressive activity. However, the court dismissed the government’s claim that the other resident obstructed building work.

The defense bureau filed a lawsuit in 2008 with the Naha District Court against 15 residents, including a child, to stop their activities. When criticized, the government dropped the charges against the child.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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