Hiroji Yamashiro says opposition movement will not lose the fight for Henoko

Hiroji Yamashiro says opposition movement will not lose the fight for Henoko

Hiroji Yamashiro

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, a leading figure in the opposition movement continuing in front of Camp Schwab, Henoko, against construction of the new base, and chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, was released from hospital on the 26th of this month. He has been hospitalized since the end of April fighting malignant lymphoma. He still requires medical observation, but he voiced his desire to return to the front of the Camp Schwab gate, and convey the message nationwide that the opposition movement’s vitality will ensure they do not lose the fight for Henoko.

Yamashiro’s wife, Takiko, and son, Hiroya, escorted him when he was released from the hospital. Nurses applauded Yamashiro upon his departure. While they acknowledged that he would still need blood tests and other procedures, they expressed joy and relief that his hospitalization was over.

At the start of September, Yamashiro plans to greet the people continuing the movement in front of the Camp Schwab gate. He said, “My goal is to participate in the sit-in action in October. I want to declare the message nationwide that we cannot accept this road to war.”

Upon hearing the news of Yamashiro’s release from the hospital, Hiroshi Ashitomi, a co-representative of the Helicopter Base Objection Association, welcomed Yamashiro’s return, encouraging him to recover physically and come back to the sit-in.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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