Hundreds of women protest against Henoko relocation

Hundreds of women protest against Henoko relocation

Participants lit candles and carried placards to protest against the application to reclaim land. At the Public Square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office in Naha on December 10.

December 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago, where they will reclaim land to build the new base. At the Public Square in Naha on December 10, 500 people, mainly women, gathered to ask Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima to reject the application to reclaim the land.

According to the organizer, 74 female organizations took part in the gathering. The participants called for the governor to uphold his pledges to the public to reject the plan to reclaim the land.

Each protesting in their own way, some lit candles they had made themselves and others carried placards.

Chikako Toguchi, who represents one of the organizations, delivered a speech. She said, “We don’t want U.S. military bases anywhere in Okinawa. Our pride is being tested here. Let’s stand up and protest and make our children proud of us.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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