All Okinawa Kaigi holds rally to support Okinawa in court battle with Japan

All Okinawa Kaigi holds rally to support Okinawa in court battle with Japan

Citizens holding hands with one another protested against the new base construction in Henoko at Gusukudake Park in Naha on February 29 (Photograph taken by Futoshi Hanashiro).


March 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The fifth hearing in the trial brought by the Japanese government against the Okinawa prefectural government over the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was held at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court on February 29. At Gusukudake Park in front of the court, an organization, “All Okinawa Kaigi”, to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko held a rally to protest against the new base construction before the hearing. According to the organizer, 1,500 people took part in the rally and pledged to prevent the new base construction.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, who stood as a witness in the trial, said, “Seeing the situation from the local administrative perspective, the judge will surely understand how badly the Japanese government treats Okinawa.” The participants voiced support for the Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga, asking him to demonstrate the Okinawan people’s will in the court.

(English translation by T&CT)

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