Protest rally against helipad construction in Takae attracts 1,600

Protest rally against helipad construction in Takae attracts 1,600

Participants in the protest rally shouted “Ganbaro!” three times in front of the N1 zone gate to the U.S. miltary’s Northern Training Area in Takae Ward, Higashi Village on July 21.


July 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is trying to resume helipad construction in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA). On July 21, a protest rally against the resumed construction was held in front of the N1 zone gate to the NTA. According to the organizer, about 1,600 people took part in the rally. The government has shut down a part of Prefectural Road 70 and removed vehicles and tents from in front of the gate. The protesters criticized the Abe administration’s hardline stance, saying the administration is autocratic and its latest move is a threat to Okinawan people. They declared they would unite to resist the riot squad sent by the government.

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