Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference
January 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On January 12 in Tokyo, documentary writer Satoshi Kamata, author Keiko Ochiai, and commentator Makoto Sataka held a press conference calling for the release of Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested more than 80 days ago and continues to be detained by police. Yamashiro is involved in the opposition movements to construction of a new base in Henoko and construction of helipads in Takae.
Kamata says: “A leader is being confined long-term to block the [opposition] movement. This is absolutely unacceptable.”
The three holding the press conference announced that since mid-December signatures of 16,528 people from 66 counties calling for Yamashiro’s release have been collected. These signatures will be submitted to Naha District Court this month. As signatures are being collected online, among other efforts, the word of these movements is spreading.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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