Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base
January 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
The Okinawa Defense Bureau placed floats around U.S. Camp Schwab on January 6 to advance construction of the new Henoko base, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The operation was carried out using heavy machinery on the beach to move the floats towards the ocean. There was heavy rainfall at the site.
Two inflatable boats from the Japan Coast Guard have been sent out, but the other 15 boats remained at the floating dock on January 5. No working ships can be seen. People opposing the construction went out on protest boats, however they returned to the port due to heavy rain as of 9:30 a.m. They discussed further activities.
At the same time, approximately 50 protestors were sitting in front of the Camp Schwab gate from 7:00 a.m. in the pouring rain.
There are no reports of any large deployment of riot police officers or installation of construction materials. The participants chanted that they won’t allow the construction and “rain won’t stop them”.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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