Citizens protesting construction in Henoko say “Stop wasting tax money”

Citizens protesting construction in Henoko say “Stop wasting tax money”

On October 24 in Awa, Nago City, "Stop Henoko" participants continue the protest, their backs to a mound of soil on the premises.

October 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On October 24, citizens opposing construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City gathered at Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa and shouted things like: “Don’t destroy democracy” and “Stop wasting tax money.”

It was the third day of “Stop Henoko – 5 successive days of activism” which started on October 21. According to citizens, until 10:30 a.m. at most 150 people gathered there.

At 7:00 a.m. 8 construction vehicles stood by in front of the pier, citizens blocking their way until 9:00 a.m. when the vehicles retreated.

Yuichi Fukuda (70 years old, from Tokyo), who has been participating in protests for several years, said: “Many peoople are coming from both within and outside of the prefecture to stop construction.

I feel that if we vigilantly continue, we will prevail.”

As of noon that day, operations at the pier had not yet begun. According to citizens, there were also no construction vehicles confirmed entering or leaving Shiokawa at Motobu Port or Camp Schwab.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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