Protest gathering to body-dumping incident calls for withdrawal of all US bases from Okinawa
June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
‘No More US Military Bases in Okinawa,’ a gathering of mourning and protest to the incident of a base employee dumping the dead body of a young Okinawan woman, and to address structural violence of the U.S.
military in Okinawa, took place on June 8 in Furujima, Naha. At this gathering, a former U.S. Army colonel and diplomat Ann Wright made a speech. During Wright’s interview open to all media companies, she pointed out that as a background to the ceaseless incidents and accidents related to the U.S. military, there are people that think they can do whatever they want in other countries.
Wright retired as a diplomat in opposition to the Iraq War. She appealed for withdrawal of U.S. bases from Okinawa, saying that there is too much U.S. military violence both on and off base.
At the protest gathering, an assembly for women against the U.S. military and its bases, sponsored by 45 organizations, held a panel discussion between ten representatives of these organizations. After the discussion about 160 participants raised placards and demanded the withdrawal of all military bases from Okinawa.
The protest gathering resulted in a public proclamation demanding that: (1) victims be given apologies, reparations, and be treated with polite care, and (2) the truth be investigated and perpetrators given impartial punishment.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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