Volunteer group from Hokkaido takes part in Henoko sit-in protest

Volunteer group from Hokkaido takes part in Henoko sit-in protest

Citizens staging a sit-in smile in front of the gate at Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago on October 8.


October 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In front of the gate at Camp Schwab in Nago, about 40 citizens continue to stage a sit-in-protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, which the Japanese and US governments want to relocate to Oura Bay, off the coast of Henoko. On October 8, 20 members of a Hokkaido-based volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of remains of those who died while working in coal mines during the Pacific War, took part in the sit-in for the first time. A representative of the group Makoto Tonohira said, “By taking part in the protest, we were able to learn that the Japanese government lied to us. The thoughts of the sit-in protesters tell us the truth.”

On October 10, approaching typhoon Vongfong made the seas rough in Henoko. Subsequently, there were no Okinawa Defense Bureau or Japan Coast Guard ships.

(English translation by T&CT)

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