Okinawa youth group protests security bill and new US base

Okinawa youth group protests security bill and new US base

Students responded to a rap song calling for the scrapping of security-related bills and the Henoko new U.S. base plan at a park in Chatan on August 23. (Photograph taken by Yasuhide Matayoshi).


August 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 23, at a park in Chatan, youth group SEALDs RYUKYU held a protest rally against the government’s security-related bills and the construction of a New U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. About 500 University students took part in the rally. They voiced their opposition, saying, “No War Bill” and “Protect Henoko”.

The rally was part of a nationwide event held in over 60 places in Japan on the same day. At the Okinawa rally, the Matsumoto Youth Eisa Group from Okinawa City performed eisa dance, and then the students chanted to a passionate rap, demanding the government cancel the security-related bills and the new Henoko base.

(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)

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