Photographers discuss significance of Koza riot

Photographers discuss significance of Koza riot

Photographers discussed the Koza riot against the U.S. military presence in Okinawa, which took place on the night of December 20, 1970.


December 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 12, a photographers’ gallery talk on the Koza riot was held at Gallery Lafayette in the Chuo district of Okinawa City. With about 50 participants, Ko Yoshioka, Kazuo Kuniyoshi, and Toyomitsu Higa, who exhibited photographs they had taken, discussed the situation surrounding the Koza riot and the significance of their pieces.
Yoshioka said, “Given the situation, in which democracy and the local autonomy of Okinawa are currently being threatened, I think that the people of Okinawa need to think of how to define the incident from today’s perspective. The Koza riot has reminded me of the importance of expressing one’s opinions.” Twenty-four-year-old Kin Town resident Riho Afuso said, “Considering the situation surrounding the Henoko relocation issue, I fear that incidents like the Koza riot could happen at some stage.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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