Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty
May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
To mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, a rally was held in the Henoko district of Nago on May 16. Participants marched around three courses. According to the organizers, about 1,100 people from in and outside Japan took part. They gathered in front of the sea off Henoko where the Japanese and the U.S. governments plan to build a new U.S. military base as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The participants re-affirmed their strong opposition to the plan, as well as Japan’s approval of the right to collective defense.
Head representative Hiroji Yamashiro said, “The Japanese government is trying to discourage us from opposing the plan to build the new base in Henoko and helipads in Takae. We need to fight back against them and express our opposition from Okinawa to the whole country.”
After the rally, the participants marched to Henoko, Yomitan Village and Itoman City.
They covered 46.1 kilometers walking around U.S. military bases and Battle of Okinawa sites.
(English translation by T&CT)
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