Okinawans call for Kadena Air Base removal on anniversary of murder victim’s disappearance

Okinawans call for Kadena Air Base removal on anniversary of murder victim’s disappearance

Citizens call for the removal of Kadena Air Base in front of Kadena’s Gate 1 in Chatan Town around 9:00 a.m. on April 28.


April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of April 28, the Kadena Peace Action group, which is demanding the closure and removal of Kadena Air Base, held a protest gathering in front of the base’s gates 1 through 5. Participants dedicated a minute a silence to the woman who went missing in Uruma City on April 28, 2016 exactly one year ago, and was later found to have been the victim of assault and murder by a U.S. serviceman.

About 50 people gathered in front of Kadena’s Gate 1 in Chatan Town chanting slogans such as “remove Kadena Air Base,” and “U.S. military, get out of Okinawa.”

Sixty-four-year-old Chieko Teruya of Itoman City tearfully called for the removal of Kadena Air Base. She said: “I, too, have a daughter. At no point this year did I forget about the women who have suffered. As long as there are bases [in Okinawa], incidents like this will occur again and again.”

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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