Large floating devices introduced in Henoko: 40 citizens hold a protest rally

Large floating devices introduced in Henoko: 40 citizens hold a protest rally

Large crane ships lowering large floating devices into the sea off the Henoko coast, Oura Bay in Nago City at 9:27 a.m. on February 9.


February 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In relation to the U.S Marine Corps Air Station relocation to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau has started installing large floating devices in Oura Bay. It began the work on the morning of February 9. Four ships and 14 kayaks carrying citizens protesting against the operation, penetrated an oil fence, which was installed to mark out the temporary restricted area.

The bureau used two large crane ships to start installing large floating devices into the sea. Small work ships towed and unloaded floating devices, which were placed between Nagashima and Henoko. The floating devices are twice as large as the currently installed ones. They are about 50 to 60 centimeters in diameter.

In front of the Camp Schwab gate, about 40 citizens held a protest rally. From 7 a.m., they started standing on the road, trying to prevent vehicles carrying the Japan Coast Guard staff from entering the camp. No scuffle broke out.

(English translation by T&CT)

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