Stand off between citizens and police officers at gate of Camp Schwab in Nago
July 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
An ongoing protest rally against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago started at the front of the first gate at Camp Schwab at about 6:00 a.m. on July 25.
Before citizens arrived at the first gate, police officers were standing on the sidewalk to prevent protest action. At the scene, a standoff between the police and citizens continues.
Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, said, “We were trying to stage a sit-in-protest in front of the gate, but we were blocked by the police officers. We will continue our protest rally even though they are interfering with our activity.” The police set up elaborate security in front of the gate from early morning.
Meanwhile, at the beach facing Oura Bay within Camp Schwab, a land leveling operation which began on July 25 resumed at around 9:00 a.m. in order to install a pier. The ground levelling work appears to be almost completed. Construction workers brought six dynamo-electric generators to the scene for the next stage.
On the bay in front of Schwab, citizens riding in canoes raised their voices saying ”Stop the construction!”
(English translation by T&CT)
Previous Article:Government asks Saga to tentatively host U.S. MV-22 Osprey
Next Article:Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum
- Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism
- Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle
- 1,000 people gather in front of Camp Schwab gate to celebrate 500 days of sit-in
- Sit-in protester against new U.S. base in Henoko arrested
- Henoko: American peace movement participant Loan directs song to those inside base