Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

Protesting citizens being removed by riot police at 9:22 a.m. on January 18 in Henoko, Nago.


January 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on January 18, about 80 citizens gathered in front of Camp Schwab’s gate to protest construction of the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. Between 7 a.m. and 9:20 a.m., riot police officers removed the citizens who were sit-in protesting, allowing at least nine vehicles related to construction, including concrete mixers and trucks hauling stone, to enter the compound of Camp Schwab through the gate.

Kimio Oda, a former member of Japan Self-Defense Forces, visited the front of the gate. He stated that the sit-in is becoming a bulwark against militarism. If the number of those sitting in at Camp Schwab’s gate does not increase, he anticipates difficulty bringing a halt to warmongering. He calls for others to spread this message throughout Japan.
Meanwhile, no construction operations related to the relocation facility have been observed on Oura Bay.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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