Nago city council protests against excessive security by police and Japan Coast Guard
January 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Nago city council passed a written opinion of protest against excessive security by Okinawa Prefectural Police and Japan Coast Guard, at its extraordinary meeting held on January 29. The council approved it by a majority (in favor 15, opposite 10, absent 1). There are injured people among citizens protesting against construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko, Nago.
The written opinion argues; “Citizens’ protest against the relocation is the right action based on democracy.” It stresses that the will of the people has been reflected at these elections, including the Okinawa gubernatorial and the Nago mayoral election last year.”
The assembly criticized the police and coast guard for excessive security against the citizens’ nonviolent protest, describing it as ” inexcusable action absolutely.”
In addition, the written opinion asks for an immediate halt of construction work in Henoko.
The council will send the written opinion to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, Okinawa Prefectural Police Headquarters.
The council unanimously adopted a protest resolution against an incident involving a U.S. service member who was arrested on suspected trespassing and burglary in Nago City on January 19. It seeks a strict punishment and effective measures to prevent recurrence. It also asks for reduction of U.S. base in Okinawa and the review of the Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
This resolution will be sent to the Okinawa area coordinator for U.S. Forces Japan and the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force.
(English translation by T&CT)
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