Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

Okinawa Defense Bureau construction boats, protesters’ kayaks and Coast Guard boats near the above-water fence at 9:30 a.m. on January 27 off the coast of U.S. Camp Schwab in Nago


January 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko issue reporting team) To facilitate the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, on January 27, the Okinawa Defense Bureau brought floats with support pillars attached into the sea and continued work on an above-sea fence around the planned construction area. The Bureau appears to be almost finished with the work of surrounding the temporary restricted zone with the above-sea fence and floats.

Around thirty sit-in protesters gathered to protest at the U.S. Camp Schwab gate used by construction

vehicles. The riot police began to remove protesters from the scene at 8:46 a.m., after which three trucks with cranes attached entered the base. Thereafter, the protesters relocated to a spot from which they could see the ocean and called out, “Return Oura Bay to us!” and “Never succumb to pressure!”

Riot police remove protesters at 8:47 a.m. on January 27 in front of the gate to U.S. Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago

Protesters opposed to the construction also used protest boats and kayaks to enter the ocean zone. Approximately ten Coast Guard boats were patrolling the area to ensure that the protesters would have no effect on the construction work.

(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

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